Tips to Get Organised with Outlook
Sort out your stuff and be more efficient
Microsoft Outlook can help you be more organised. Follow these tips and find out how.
Go through your inbox daily
You need to stay on top of your email so your inbox doesn’t overwhelm you. Try to delete what you can. Take action on things as soon as you can and file whatever’s left. Do your best to keep your email manageable.
Organise email folders for easy archiving
Make your life easier by dividing your email folders into two categories: general folders for admin and project folders.
For example, create a folder called 'My Team: General' that then contains multiple subfolders for various administrative and group issues. Then create another folder called 'My Team: Projects' that contains a subfolder for each project.
Organising your mail in this way makes it easy to archive mail related to a particular project when it’s finished. A flatter folder structure makes it easier to find project emails after you've archived them.
Know where you keep the messages that you need to act on
You can save time and can avoid oversight by choosing a system to keep track of email messages that you need to act on.
Here are some ideas:
Get organised with additional fields
You can be more organised by adding more fields to emails. Try using Priority, Sensitivity, Due by or Conversation. To do this:
You can create your own fields:
Set a time to empty your Deleted Items and Sent Items
You may delete a lot of items but how often do you empty your deleted items? Try emptying it about once a month. You can also configure Outlook to delete emails from a folder automatically:
You can do the same for your Sent Items folder.
Use colours to help sort your email
You can differentiate your email messages at a glance. Use colours to help sort your email. Here's how: