Emails – Delete, Delete, Archive

I’m trying this new thing with email-management/organization and I think you’re going to like it.  It goes against my organizational instincts, but I really think it’s for the best.  Here goes…

So I just started at a new job on Monday, meaning I’ve got a beautiful new inbox – for better or for worse.  But I’m going to make it for the better!  My instinct: folders.  But here’s the thing, what do your folders do for you???  Divide items by project, sure, but what do you do when you’re looking for an email?  You search for it.  Do you search by folder?  Sometimes, but more often than not you do a general search and find the item you want easily enough that way.

You know what else folders do?  They give you a spot to store emails that you shouldn’t be holding onto anyway!  I am totally notorious for this; I hold on to everything!  Not physical stuff – I’m no hoarder – but emails, I instinctively store them in folders only to clog up my mailbox and be left forever.  I think of all the emails I saved at my last position, and what good are they to me now that I don’t even have access to that inbox.  None!  That’s what!

So – death to folders, and death to saving unnecessary emails.  I’m a new woman!  I’m separating emails into two folders: “important” and “not important”, and I’m deleting anything I won’t need later.


Shout-out to my new Associate Director – Tania – for showing me the light!


Written by Maeve Strathy

Maeve is the Founder of What Gives Philanthropy and has been working in educational fundraising for the past seven years.  Click here to learn more about Maeve.

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