If you are like me, you have at least three or four email accounts, yahoo.com, gmail.com, hotmail.com, aol.com, maybe more. I have half a dozen. I often has a hard time keeping track of these smaller accounts and my primary account is full of clutter, as companies become more expert at using email to convey their message. In the past decade or so since I first signed up for my email accounts, I must have signed up or purchased from 100 companies or more. If they all email me once a week, I am not in deep trouble.
Many email programs like Yahoo! and Google will allow you to put email that you have read into folders. The problem is that is a lot of wasted energy, and takes good habits. I can do it for a few days, but then I always lapse because I am don’t have the energy. To continually keep up this work would be very hard. Also, all the emails arrive on my blackberry as well, causing still another problem.
I have found that the easiest way to clean up the clutter is to keep all the email that I have accumulated to this point. Basically do nothing with the past. For those companies that you are no longer interested in, unsubscribe to every company and newsletter. For those companies that you are interested in, change the email address to a email account dedicated to newsletters and company information / offers. All pleads for help from unknown sources click on spam. (Hopefully, this will prevent messages from that address in the future.). Yahoo.com and gmail.com has readily accessible spam bottons.
Then, send all your friends to one email, and retain an email for career emails. Email services are so eager to help you send email out that sometimes the autotext ends up hurting you because making it really easy to send the message to a person that you have no attention of sending to. I am sure there have been people that have sent emails to a destination that they did not intend to send to because of autotexting. The delay function is not long enough on gmail.com. Only your social friends will be on the friends email. Both gmail.com, yahoo.com and others have chat integrated in. If you start writing to your friends from the new address, I am sure that your friends will start to reply to the new address, and for the few stubborn ones that do not, you can just email them to let them know. May you want to keep your primary email for friends.
In a very short period of time, you email box will be cleared up without expending too much energy. You will have to managed four different accounts, but they can all have similar names and passwords, and you can have only professional emails go to your Blackberry or iphone.