A More Strategic Way to Delete Your Emails

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For all the ways that G Drive has made our lives run better, it makes getting rid of those memories kind of complicated. The most intuitive way to delete messages in Gmail is scrolling and clicking. Forever.

So technology columnist Angela Lashbrook tried to find another way, a journey she writes about in Debugger, Medium’s new publication about consumer technology.

Turns out you need a two-part system: Let an app clear out most of the junk. Then employ search-and-destroy strategies to find groups of emails to delete all at once. Her tips are surprising but easy and effective.

The best approach, however, is the simplest: daily maintenance. “That means deleting all the emails you don’t need as you receive them so you don’t get caught up in the mess I spent the last several days cleaning up,” Lashbrook writes.

And in that way, your inbox is like any important relationship: Pay a little attention every day so you can focus on the present, not thousands of pieces of baggage from the past.

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