I can’t be the only one who subscribes to ezines and newsletters. I doubt if I’m the only one who often subscribes to the same newsletter twice, although I’m not exactly sure how that happens, but it does. All of a sudden my inbox is stuffed with duplicates.
In my case the duplicates are mostly around writing, sustainability, Buddhism, and progressive politics. My mail box fills up daily and it can become a horrible time sink.
So every now and again I change my focus a bit. As I go through email answering, sorting, etc., I also take the time to unsubscribe or assign to junk lots and lots of it.
That turns out to be time well spent because it reduces, for awhile, the load.
I know there are people who have their email automatically sorted with filters. That doesn’t work for me because I lose track of what I’ve filters and can go weeks without looking in what is really a fairly important email folder.
The other trick I use is every now an again sort my in box by sender and go through and delete all those emails I thought I’d read but never got around to it. I find that an additional sort on subject tends to pick up the rest of the stuff I thought I wanted but didn’t.
How to you handle email?
Write well and often,
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