Are you one of those people with 82 unread messages languishing in your email inbox? Well, you're not alone, it seems - but unless you are an agent or publisher, what's your excuse?
Probably not a good one, am I right? You may not be aware of this, but I am a cat of great organizational skill. Let me explain how to trim that pile down:
Is the junk mail to real mail ratio just too high to deal with? It might be best just to begin again. Register a new email address, notify your correspondents, and move on!
Unsubscribe from Spam
As annoying as most unsolicited emails are, they do usually provide information as to how to remove you address from the mailing list. Check the tiny font at the bottom of the message if you can't find an unsubscribe link to click.
Block the Idiots
It's necessary, oh so necessary. Some spammers just don't listen. Block their addresses! When I have to block a sender, I make sure that the offending messages will be permanently deleted before ever appearing in my inbox. Why sent them to the Limbo of the Junk Mail folder just to waste my time later on? Exactly.
Manage Your Subscriptions
There are lots of great newsletters out there (cough, cough!) but if you have several subscriptions, they can get bulky. If you use Google Mail, your "update" messages are probably already relegated to their own folder. If not, create your own News & Updates folder and direct all subscriptions into it. Read through them at your leisure!
Clean that Thing Daily!
Maintaining your inbox is like maintaining the litter box - it's got to be done daily. If emptying the inbox once a day means making quick decisions, so be it. There will only be twice as many decisions to make tomorrow!
That's all, friends. Now get out there and clean up your folders! Just the thought of all that clutter makes me shiver....