Business email management – Tame your flooded inbox for better time management


Sometimes it takes folks a little while to learn business email management and keep up with incoming emails. Until that happens, the emails can pile up. So, what should you do if your inbox is overloaded?


That’s the reaction that some of my clients have when they open up their email inbox and see 1,000 unread emails…or maybe even 10,000. Are you in the same boat?

A tip for better business email management

In the previous blog post (and YouTube episode and podcast), we talked about how to efficiently process your incoming daily email, so hopefully you start doing that. But in the meantime, if you need dig out of that email inbox, be sure to set aside time each day or perhaps once a week in order to clear out your old emails.

Maybe you can set aside 15 minutes a day. Or maybe the next time you have to take a flight, during the two hours you have to wait at the airport, you can spend that time cleaning out your inbox. Start with emails from a month back and scroll through them. Delete whatever you can as quickly as possible. The further back you go, then the more likely you are to find that you can delete more and more and more of them because those situations no longer apply, or you’ve already taken care of that request.

Set aside time on your calendar so that you can regain control of your business email management by digging out of your inbox. That way when you open up your email account, you won’t feel that anxiety or that panic when you see a large number next to the word Inbox. The large number will no longer be there! And when you’re in that mode, you’ll be able to make better decisions about how you use your time.

Since everyone has different learning styles, below are two different delivery methods to help you learn this productivity tip.

audio time management tip:

video time management tip:


If you’re interested in starting with tip #1 in the Time Management Revolution series, you can start here.

Or, you can search for the various Time Management Revolution posts here.


You can watch the series of videos here.


You can listen to the Time Management Revolution podcasts in LibSyn or in iTunes.


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About Helene Segura

As The Inefficiency Assassin™, Time Management Fixer Helene Segura empowers professionals on the go with the tools to slay lost time. Personal inefficiency at work leads to increased stress levels, lower morale, higher absenteeism, more turnover – and rising spending on employee health care and hiring. Why not improve productivity, decrease stress levels, and increase profits instead?The author of four books – two of which were Amazon best-sellers – Helene Segura has been the featured organization expert in more than 200 media interviews. She has coached hundreds of clients to productivity success and performance improvement by applying neuroscience and behavioral modification techniques to wipe out destructive, time-wasting habits.Helene turns time management on its head by sharing both client case studies and pop culture examples to teach her mind-bending framework for decreasing interruptions, distractions and procrastination so that companies can spend more time generating revenue.

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  1. Ashley Andrews on March 3, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Great tips, Helene! Another thing that works for me (and something I’ve been using for the past year or two) is to set up different folders for different stuff in Outlook. I have separate folders for storing emails from each of my colleagues, our clients, and so on.

    I also have this system where I only keep the emails I still need to attend to in my inbox. Once I read and respond to them (or complete the task that I am given in the email), I file them away into one of my folders. It saves me tons of time in the long run!

    • Helene Segura on March 4, 2016 at 5:18 pm

      Excellent, Ashley! That makes life easier, doesn’t it? I teach my clients something very similar and discuss that in my “how to deal with incoming email” chapter in new book. You have yourself a fabulous weekend!

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