There are hundreds of classes and suggestions for managing email. Some of the ones I hear frequently are color code or label it, have it flow to a folder, delegate answering the email, the suggestions go on and on. If you are like me, you may also have more than one email for the different hats you wear in your life. Some suggest programs that let you view all email addresses in one arena.

What can you do quickly when you have email that is so overwhelming it feels like a snowball gathering speed and rolling down to crush you? BREATHE. Not just breathe deeply to re-focus yourself. But create a folder in your email called “BREATHE”. Next, take all the emails in your inbox and move them to this folder. Take a few minutes to simply look at an inbox with nothing in it. For me, it creates a happy, joyful feeling to simply see the inbox empty! After that, you move the emails from the Breathe folder to the inbox in small groups of 10 to 25 to answer, file, forward or delete!