It’s been said that it's easier to get rid of things than organize them and this is certainly applicable to emails. Today we are going to spend 20 minutes deleting emails. You probably won’t finish this task today, but you can definitely make a good start.
I have found that the easiest way to whittle emails down quickly is to search for a certain sender of email you receive often, let’s say Banana Republic. Once you’ve search for it, a long list of emails from Banana Republic will appear. Click on the first email that is actually from them, not just someone mentioning them. Copy the email address and then search again using that email address. Click the checkbox up in the top left of most email search pages. This should check the box next to each individual email. Gmail selects 50 at a time, but gives you the option to select all. Yahoo will select the first 25 and keep selecting more as you scroll down the page. As always, if you’re unsure how to do it with your personal email carrier, a quick Google search should show you how.
This can be a satisfying task to tackle for a few minutes each day while watching TV. Deleting thousands of emails and getting to “all read” certainly helped drop my stress levels. May it do the same for you.