How to Declutter Your Email to Achieve Inbox Zero

Much of the daily battle many healthcare providers face is tackling a full email inbox. It seems impossible to respond to every correspondence as promptly as needed, and as a result, those emails simply pile higher and higher in your inbox.

Never fear — getting to inbox zero is highly achievable (but it’ll take a bit of work). If you’re ready to do some spring cleaning and final do a digital declutter, here’s some helpful tips on achieving the lofty goal of maintaining an empty inbox.

Create a Filing System

This seems like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at the number of professionals who have no real filing system when it comes to their emails. Emails are often left sitting because recipients are unsure about where to put them so they don’t get lost. But creating a filing system that makes sense for your inbox and needs can help you declutter and keep it that way.

Use the Archive Function

Many people simply ready and reply to emails and leave them sitting there. Once they’ve been appropriately dealt with, get those emails out of your life forever with the “Archive” function that comes standard with most email clients.


Get rid of those ridiculous newsletters taking up precious inbox space. Every external email (whether you signed up for them or not) should earn its place in your life. So take a few minutes to unsubscribe from newsletters, promotional emails, or other automated junk that’s regularly sent your way.

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