One of the simplest and most overlooked ways of tightening your inbox, is to get less email to begin with.

  • Unsubscribe to all junk. Search for the words unsubscribe, subscription in your inbox and unsubscribe to everything you can. (Unless you really want – and read – the email, of course.)

  • If a long email chain doesn’t concern you, reply: “You may exclude me from this conversation”.

  • The tool Unroll Me will help you unsubscribe to things in your inbox, but doesn’t work with all account types.

Exercise: Take fifteen minutes and perform the first point above.