I know you’ve got big goals
You want to double your income next year, join a mastermind group, and develop your first digital product. But those incoming messages in your Gmail inbox? They’re terrible for your productivity and creativity.
You Need an inbox intervention
In this tutorial, you’ll learn 3 time-saving tips that you can implement in your Gmail inbox in 25 minutes or less. These 3 tips have changed the way I handle email in my own business. I often get asked by clients and friends about my auto-responder and how I use it to set boundaries, so I thought I’d let you behind the scenes and teach you all my best tricks.
In this Tutorial you’ll learn
- The one summer vacation trick to make your life easier all year round
- How to press pause on your inbox
- A simple, no-folder organization system for Gmail
To recap, here’s how to organize your Gmail inbox in 3 easy steps
1. Set up an Autoresponder
Autoresponders aren’t just for pretending you don’t have access to email during your vacation. They’re actually a great tool to help you manage your inbox and day-to-day business. With an autoresponder, you can reply to every email immediately without having to be physically present. You can also use an autoresponder to set expectations and let people know when to expect your reply. It’s a win-win. Your clients, prospects, and contacts will feel informed and taken care of. You’ll feel relieved of the pressure to reply to every email immediately.
2. Put Your Inbox on Pause
Too many emails (or checking too frequently) can drain your energy. To avoid this, I recommend a free tool called Inbox Pause. Inbox Pause will let you hold messages and enjoy un-interrupted stretches of time. When you’re ready, you can have your emails delivered and respond to them in a focused way. In the meantime, your robot assistant (ahem, autoresponder) will be hard at work in the background.
3. Segment Your Inbox
To make sure I don’t have to hunt for important or unread emails, I’ve organized my inbox into 4 separate categories:
- Important and unread
- Client correspondence
- Online course emails
- Everything else
Here’s what inbox segmentation looks like:
Ahh! So sane. So tidy. And seriously simple to implement. Watch the video tutorial above to learn how.
The benefits of an organized inbox
My friend Lindsey, professional organizer and founder of Peace in Place NYC, put it best. In a recent post on Instagram, she shared that she’s reached inbox zero:
“Ya’ll this has never happened! But trying to make it my new normal… my inbox is my to-do list and having so many non-essentials in there was a huge mental weight. So I stripped it down to PRIORITIES… then I was able to tackle the real to-dos!”
Now tell me…
What are your favorite email hacks to help keep your inbox at zero? Do you use any of the tricks I shared in this tutorial? Let me know in the comments!