Split Your Emails into Separate InboxesWhen all of your emails go to one place, you're asking for a disorganized mess of clutter. You're also sentencing yourself to distractions, mixed priorities and brutal time management. We suggest independent contractors have 3+ inboxes:
- A personal inbox: This is where emails from family, friends, volunteer groups, and home-related bills should go. Any email that comes here should either require a response or an action of some sort.
- Your contracting business's inbox: Give this email address to recruiters, colleagues, past and potential clients, suppliers -- anybody relating to your business. To maintain a professional image, you may want to purchase a domain name related to your business and use this for your email address.
- The bulk mail inbox: We don't want to say "SPAM", because this inbox may contain information you like receiving, but nothing that's priority or requires an action. For example, this is a great email address to use for social media notifications and newsletter subscriptions.
- Unsubscribe to everything you do not read.
- If the email does not require further action, archive it.
- If the email is just sitting as a reminder, add a task or calendar reminder somewhere else, and archive it.
- If the email does not need to be replied to immediately, move it to a "Respond next week" folder, and archive it (just remember to set time to review that folder, and respond to the sender letting them know when you will review their email).