Task 28 – Declutter 52 things in 52 weeks challenge

A new Decluttering task will be published on the blog each Tuesday.  I will share a link to the task on facebook and in the Tuesday Daily Task newsletter (subscribe to newsletter here).

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My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or throw away items as you see fit

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#28

Inbox

Ooh I have something so exciting to share with you.  For the past few years… yes few years and I have no idea how I let it get like that, my inbox had always had over 1000 unread emails.  A mixture of personal and blog emails, but honestly it just overwhelmed me so much I had trouble getting in under control.

A few weeks ago I dedicated 2 days to spend time with my inbox.  I created folders and rules, plus I have been ruthless and deleted some really old emails and unsubscribed to so many emails that I just don’t have time to read.

I have ended my day the past month with zero unread in my inbox.  I am ecstatic!  See below, inbox is open and there is no unread messages!!!!

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Todays task is to:

Empty your inbox, be ruthless!!

Now I could list exactly how to do it, but this is a really awesome post I published a few years ago from Prerna Malik that shared exactly how to organise your email for greater productivity and peace of mind.

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How many emails have you been able to delete today?

I would like to see a photo of your empty inbox on Instagram, use the hashtag #declutter52

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A little fling with your filing

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6 comments

Christina @ Mr and Mrs Romance July 7, 2014 - 11:01 AM

How did you know this was my no 1 on my to do list today too?! I can’t wait to get it to zero. Seeing that number of unread emails stresses me out!

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Katrina July 13, 2014 - 5:51 PM

love your to-do list strategy Christina, did you manage to get through them all?

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Smaggle July 7, 2014 - 12:04 PM

I actually do this every day. I have the Mailbox app so I always go to bed with an empty inbox.

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Katrina July 7, 2014 - 2:34 PM

Carly, please tell me more of this Mailbox app you speak of… what does it do, is that it’s name, is that for the mac and work with apple mail??

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Karina July 8, 2014 - 3:59 PM

A few years back I went to work in PNG where I wouldn’t have access to my email for 6 weeks at a time. Before I went I ruthlessly unsubscribed to **everything** – it took weeks and weeks of opting out of mailing lists. Once they were gone I realised I hardly missed any of them and now I try hard not to sign up in the first place.

Now I organise my email based loosely on the David Allen “Getting Things Done” principle: email gets moved into one of the following folders:
– Action items (things I need to do / reply to)
– Items pending (don’t need to do anything but might be waiting on eg, online purchases, e-tickets etc)
– Things to read
– Archives (folders in themes / years)
I have found the first two folders really helpful as these things used to get lost in the inbox.

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Katrina July 13, 2014 - 5:53 PM

Love this strategy Karina, I’m going to google and look into it further!

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