If you are like me, you have had your primary email address for a while now. You have filled out countless online forms and provided your email address to anyone that asked – oh and don’t forget those fishbowls at tradeshows, conferences and exhibitions that you dropped your business card into in hopes of winning an iPad or something (I did win an Amazon Fire at the most recent Prize Draw this way). What all of this means is that you receive too much email most of which is junk.
Time you won’t get back…
So because of this, I spend the first 15 minutes every morning deleting at least 100 emails from my inbox and then at least another 5 minutes every hour throughout the day. I bet I waste an hour each day just deleting email. Now I do have some rules and of course I mark some as junk but I can’t seem to keep up. It’s got so bad that I have missed emails from clients and if I am out for a day or two I can’t stand to even look at my inbox.
To combat this problem, some of my colleagues have taken the drastic step of only checking their email once an hour and have turned off all alerts so for at least 55 minutes each hour, that way, they can concentrate on their job. To get over this issue we use Lync/Skype for Business and other forms of communication internally, but with email being the go-to form of communication with my clients, I needed a way to make sure my inbox wasn’t becoming a distraction.
Microsoft have developed this great new add on to Office 365 called Clutter. Once activated, Clutter uses Microsoft’s Graph technology to learn your habbits and files your unnecessary, rubbish emails in a special folder called Clutter. So those daily emails you normally delete will automatically move from your inbox to a Clutter folder.
What does this mean? This means to me that on a typical weekend when I don’t feel like deleting email on my phone, when I login to Outlook on Monday morning, I have 3 emails in my inbox. And guess what, they are actually valid, I need to reply to, types of email. I have been using Clutter for a week now and every email in my Clutter box is an email that I would normally delete and I can actually work. I got in the office this morning and didn’t quite know what to do. I didn’t have to spend the first 15 to 20 minutes of my day deleting email.
So Clutter is kind of a next step in Junk mail filtering which is great for me and I am sure you’ll find it useful too.
Want to get started?
Click Here to enable Clutter on your mailbox now.
Want to know more?
Check out this short video to learn more about how Clutter works.
Feel free to Get in touch – Email Lucy