Here’s a spring cleaning idea everyone needs to take action on. The inbox. Why does it always seem full, overflowing, and feel like you can’t keep up? Because 1/2 of those emails are trash, they need to be thrown away. Only a few hours can save you tons of time in the upcoming year.
Last year I spent a few hours setting up filters for my gmail accounts. This has saved me from headache and all those emails I don’t want from a store I bought something at, or that website I thought I really loved until they emailed me every other day. Sure, you can go through and delete all those emails, or try and track down the mailer and “unsubscribe”, but I find another method extremely helpful. Quit playing defense and set up a spring cleaning system that will keep that mailbox clean year round.
Gmail filters are very easy to use once you get the hang of it.
1. Click on the check box of the email you don’t want.
2. Under the “More” tab click on “filter messages like these”
3. Click on “create a filter with this search”
4. Click on boxes you want to apply, in my case, “delete it” (I never want to see you again!)
5. You can also apply to other similar emails in your inbox, I usually click on “apply filter to current conversations”
6. Click on “create filter” – Boom. You’re done…with that filter, now go make another!
It’s tedious work, but well worth it.
Check out this video if the steps above weren’t clear enough for you, there are a few more ways you can use these filters. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2Bk1Q9OquU