Stop Sorting: Why Email Folders Have Got to Go!

I am always slightly envious when I see a near-empty desktop with folders left-justified and aligned. Or when I catch, out of the corner of my eye, an outlook with an empty inbox (does this even happen?). I personally have tried to organize my desktop and inbox on several occasions, but the habit never stuck.

For reference, my desktop:

Image of all the folders on Keelin's messy desktop.

It’s not that I couldn’t do it, it’s just that I found it relatively pointless. Now to each their own, but I feel strongly that, for me, sorting emails and files just isn’t on my priority list.

So why don’t I sort my emails, or my desktop, you may ask? Here were my top three reasons for ditching the folders.

  1. I am a little bit of a perfectionist. My folders all needed the perfect titles, and the content of my emails needed to fit perfectly within those buckets. If they didn’t I ended up going down a folder-creating rabbit-hole to ensure the perfect structure for my outlook.
  2. It was wasting my time. Some people have come up with brilliant folder systems that really work for them and save them time. Some people… not me. It was not working for me and I had other things I wanted to do with my time, none of which included sorting my inbox.
  3. I always had to search for the files anyways. Even after all of the different folder set ups I tried, I was still primarily using the search bar to find what I was looking for. And if I was already just searching for what I needed, what was the point of wasting time on folders?

In the end ditching the little folder icons was worth it for me; it saved me time and headache. So if this resonates with you, give it a try. Let the chaos ensue. If it doesn’t and you are a veteran folder-guru, please share your wisdom and techniques in the comments below!

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