Usually the longer you’ve been online, the more email you receive. If your a good old Web AddiCT and receive hundreds and sometimes thousands of emails a day you’re probably experiencing email overload. Herewith a few examples of how to cut down all that email in your inbox you never end up reading anyway.
1) Unsubscribe to email newsletters
Email newsletters is one of the oldest forms of online marketing and almost ever website has an email newsletter. Do you really read ever single newsletter you receive via email? Thought so. Start unsubscribing to those email newsletters you hardly ever read to cut down on the number of unread messages in your inbox. Do it! Do it now.
2) Deactivate email alerts from social networks
Every time someone follows you on twitter or your receive a direct message an email pops up in your inbox. If you’re a very active twitter user your inbox will be overwhelmed. The same can be said for Facebook too. All those Facebook fan page requests, comments on status updates you liked or commented on. All of these end up in your email. You should unsubscribe from Facebook email notifications or even receive your twitter direct messages via SMS.
3) What about email you have to receive and respond to?
Now we’ve unsubscribed to email newsletters and turned of social netwokr email notifications and your well on yor way to putting your inbox on diet. What is the best way to manage what is left and usually is important. Instead of spending all your time writing really long essay-like replies your could follow the five.sentenc.es mantra. The problem: E-mail takes too long to respond to, resulting in continuous inbox overflow for those who receive a lot of it. The solution: Treat all email responses like SMS text messages, using a set number of letters per response. Since it’s too hard to count letters your should count sentences instead. Keep your email 5 sentences in length max and use those 5 sentences to get the message across.
How do you manage email overload? Let us know in the comments…