Email Overload – Strategies To Reduce Email Overload

I’m hard pressed to think of anyone who isn’t experiencing email overload on a regular basis (except my grandmother, she still loves getting new emails!).

That’s why I think it’s so important for each of us to take on the task of learning some new strategies to reduce email overload.

Today’s getting techy with it tip is all about installing a little-known feature in Google Mail to save you time.

Email Overload Gmail Tip

I love Gmail, and I have video tutorial on setting up Google Apps for small business here – in case you haven’t set your account up yet.

How Inbox Zero Reduces Email Overload

Beyond the quick Gmail tip I showed you in the video, you’ll want to learn the Inbox Zero philosophy to email management.

Inbox Zero is all about moving, filtering, and processing emails so that your inbox is NOT your to-do list.

Admit it… sometimes your inbox turns into your todo list, and you dread looking in there because each new email represents another task you need to handle.

With Inbox Zero, email overwhelm is a thing of the past.

What Other Email Overload Tips Do You Have?

Since we’re all email users, I’d LOVE for you to share your email overload reducing tips in the comments below.

8 Comments

  1. HeatherT on May 23, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Woohoo!  LOVE this tip Nathalie.  I totally need this.  If only they had a send & archive plugin for Outlook….



    • NathLussier on May 23, 2012 at 11:23 am

       @HeatherT Yay! I know… it’s tough to find similar solutions for all the programs and platforms out there. But maybe it can be a feature request! ;)



  2. MartaLaurentVeciana on May 23, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Hi Nathalie!
    That’s a great idea! Even avoiding one little click will help me save time! I’ll do it right now!
     
    By the way, I have a question that might be an idea for your get techy videos: I see that sometimes people like you or Marie use Youtube for the videos that you are sending us or putting on your programs, but other times you use Vimeo.
     
    I don’t know anything about Vimeo and what’s its advanteges versus Youtube. Maybe you could make a comparison of both services one day? That’d be awesome!
    Thank you!



    • NathLussier on May 23, 2012 at 11:24 am

       @MartaLaurentVeciana Hey Marta! Awesome idea, thanks for bringing that up – will put it on my list of future topics! 
       
      And glad you enjoyed this one!



  3. AstroGremlin on May 23, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    I am not a G-mail user but if I ever become one, this looks like a useful add-on.



  4. ozchrob on May 24, 2012 at 3:47 am

    Please take a look at http://blog.unifiedinbox.com/how-to-keep-a-clean-inbox for further advice on how to overcome email overload, this is an area we take very seriously and are trying to develop a product which will reduce this.



  5. ldeyoung09 on May 27, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Nathalie – I see you also use labels in your Gmail. So what do you use archive for versus labels, and/or how can you combine them? Maybe another video? Thanks so much!



    • NathalieLussier on May 27, 2012 at 6:40 pm

       @ldeyoung09 Hey there! I generally put as much into labels as I can, and archive anything in my inbox once I’m done with it. Then we can search through and find whatever we’re looking for if we need it again later. :)