2017 E-mail Inbox Re-Organization

my now-beautiful work e-mail folder structure

Recently, an article on Fast Company caught my eye.

I’m forever looking for better processes and ways to organize. This article really opened up my eyes to other methods I hadn’t considered. Previously, I had everything organized by project. The problem with that was my folder structure was ballooning and there were some messages that could fall into multiple categories…which wouldn’t be a problem in Gmail with the tag options, but in Outlook that doesn’t seem to be a possibility.

And so the idea of having only just 5 folders seemed impossible, but I’ve been giving it a try for the past few days and I have to say that it works – as long as you’re strict about moving messages without letting them build up in the inbox.

The gist of it is that the only 5 folders needed are

  1. Inbox
  2. Today
  3. This Week
  4. This Month
  5. FYI

I did, however, add two more – HR and Newsletters. But that was it. Read more about it below:

The Only Five Email Folders Your Inbox Will Ever Need
Stop “organizing” your emails by subject and start thinking of them in terms of deadlines. Read More >>

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