Time is the most precious commodity we have, mainly because we don’t have any idea how much of it we have.

There are many things I want to say about time-hacking, but we should start with one of the biggest time sucks ever.

The email inbox.

It pains me to share the numbers, but even after deleting almost 200 this morning, I stand at 14,575 emails in my mail program across seven email addresses with a shameful 5,610 of them unread.

To avoid missing emails from clients, friends, or important organizations, I’ve begun using the VIP feature in Mail. However, now almost everyone I know is in the VIP area and that list is getting longer and longer.

The quickest way I know to delete emails is to start at the top of my Mac Mail program and take the time to 1. Unsubscribe. 2. Search for all emails from that sender. 3. Delete. This time, I’m starting with my Gmail account and unsubscribing within the Gmail framework. While I listen to Frasier and work through today’s tasks.

However, in an effort to finally get this inbox under control (a goal I’ve had for many years), I’m on the search for tips and methods to master email once and for all.

7 Ways to Detox Your Inbox by Entrepreneur.com

Here’s How to Clean Up Your Gmail Inbox, You Hoarder by WIRED

How I Cleaned 1,328 Emails Out of My Inbox in an Hour by LifeHacker.com

The Only Five Folders Your Inbox Will Ever Need by FastCompany.com

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If you have a tip for managing email, we’d love to know!