Downfalls of poor email management

Oct 04, 2023
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Are you dealing with an overwhelming amount of email clutter? Do you feel like this is holding you back from being your most organized and productive self? It can be tricky managing your inbox(es), and failing to do so can lead to unwelcome consequences.

Email management, put simply, is efficiently organizing and maintaining a clutter-free email inbox. Unfortunately, no one really teaches us good email management practices growing up, so we're left to fend for ourselves. And, quite frankly, poor email management has a lot of downfalls that can hold us back from living our best, most productive lives. I'm going to walk you through a few in this blog post with hopes that reading it will inspire you to take action and tackle your email moving forward!

Email overload

Poor email management often causes an influx of unnecessary emails, such as newsletters, spam, and promotional email that you unknowingly signed up for. This makes it easy for important emails, like ones from your boss or healthcare provider, to get lost in the mix. You can then become distracted from critical tasks, leading to falling behind or letting something slip through the cracks. 

Reduced productivity

Speaking of disrupted productivity, poor email management can cause just that. An overly cluttered and disorganized inbox makes finding important emails difficult, leading to wasted time searching for things like that concert ticket you purchased or the address for an upcoming appointment.

Increased stress and anxiety

We all know that physical clutter leads to stress. This is true for email clutter, too! The overwhelm you feel when staring at an inbox filled with unread emails is common, and it can lead to increased anxiety that trickles over into other parts of your life.

Negative impact on work-life balance

This one's for all my working ladies out there – PSA, constantly checking and managing emails outside of work can negatively affect your work-life balance. When you sign off for the day, it's important that you actually sign off to give yourself the mental space between work life and personal life that is so desperately needed to recharge. A chaotic inbox can lead to you trying to manage it outside of work hours, meaning you're not disconnecting when you should. 

Feeling the pressure to get your inbox under control, but not sure where to start? Learn some ways to keep email clutter at bay in this blog post.


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