There's nothing quite like the satisfaction you feel after finally responding to every email that needs your attention, but when you have thousands of unread messages, that's not exactly an easy feat. You could just accept that it's not a huge deal if you have a ton of emails that you'll never get to. Or you could get strategic and learn hacks for cleaning out your email inbox.
To be clear, it's totally normal to have way too many messages that you haven't opened. According to a study from software company Workfront, the average person receives 68 work-related emails in their inbox every day, and the majority of those require a response. That's not even counting all of the personal emails and spam mail you get on a daily basis — no wonder it feels impossible to get to the end of your inbox.
You're not alone if you're swamped with notifications, but thankfully, there are ways to combat it and stop inbox clog from happening. You don't need to spend hours reading all of your unread emails or marking everything as "read." If you want to clean out your inbox, you just have to be deliberate with how you handle new emails and set aside some time to categorize the existing ones.