Ah, the inbox: Most people dread it, some are too scared to open it, and only a few have a handle on it. Regardless of how you feel about email, we’re all stuck with it. But it also doesn't have to be a nightmare.

Whether you’re trying to get to the elusive Inbox Zero or just want to keep your email (a little bit) more organized so it’s less intimidating to open, these hacks will make you an inbox master in no time.

  1. Focus on making your own email communication clear and concise. Often, extra emails are exchanged just to discuss a simple miscommunication. (Lifehacker)
  2. Set an email budget where you only spend a specific amount of time each day focusing solely on your inbox. For the rest of your day, log off. (HBR)
  3. While it’s important to set some ground rules for email, you don’t want to wait several days to get around to it. (MarketWatch)
  4. Try one of these nine systems for organizing your emails. (Gigaom)
  5. Use a mass unsubscribe service like Unroll.me to help you get rid of all of those unwanted newsletters and reminders at once. (CNET)
  6. There are two important inbox rules to follow: The one-click rule and the three-sentences rule. (Chris Ducker)
  7. Remember that you don’t need to respond to every email, and sometimes it’s better to text or call someone than to email back. (Business Insider)
  8. Don’t want to open and answer those 26,372 unread emails? Instead, declare email bankruptcy and start from scratch. (Vox)
  9. Understand that clearing out your inbox is not one-size-fits-all. There are several different strategies to try to get to Inbox Zero. (The Daily Muse)


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