Virtual Spring Cleaning? What is in the world is that??? Well it’s a phrase that I’m sure someone else thought of but came to my mind today as I was thoroughly cleaning out my email inbox. I have never been into utiltizing the folders available in my inbox but got the idea to start doing when I read an article on “Taming Your Inbox” by Bonni Stachowiak a professor at Vanguard University in Southern California.
Probably much like me you get a ton of emails and alot of those emails are junk email or spam email. Someone wants you to buy something or you’re signed up for x amount of online newslettters to your favorite shops or blogs.
My inbox was starting to get out of control! I was starting to let these emails and my really important emails pile up in my inbox, so much so that yesterday when I started the process of cleaning out and organizing I had a whopping 642 emails sitting in my inbox! Yikes! That’s a little too much, wouldn’t you say???
Here are some things that Bonni says to do with each message:
1 DO IT. If the action requested of you takes you less than two minutes, do it right then.
2 DEFER IT. If it requires more than two minutes, put the task on your to-do-list, move the email out of your inbox and return to it later along with your mom-email based tasks. This also give you an opportunity to re-assess it htem.
3 ARCHIVE IT for future reference if you will need it again someday. I have a robust filing system in my email program, and I use it constantly so those messages aren’t staring me in the face.
4 DELEGATE IT if you can
5 RESPOND TO IT. (again, only if the response will take two minutes or less).
6 DELETE IT.
Click the link for the full PDF article here.
This last week I’ve been into the cleaning mode in my physical surroundings as I have been reading the e-book “31 Days to Clean: Having a Martha House the Mary Way.”
Reading this book has inspired me to get my house and surroundings into shape. Last week I completely cleaned out my fridge from top to bottom, and will start this Monday on getting my pantry and cabinets organized and in order. I guess the cleaning mode has spread to my virtual world. It’s a good thing though because it’s helping me to organize my personal life and my design business as well. As I start to become more proactive and intentional about maintaining my surrounding and adding the little touches to make it feel more homey, I feel a growing sense of pride as a wife and homemaker.
Sounds corny maybe even old fashioned, but I’m ok with that.