HubPages - How to manage your e-mail notifications

Did you ever experience an urge to run away while your e-mail's inbox gets filled with notifications and notifications and notifications from HubPages Editor?

Did you ever miss a hub of one of your favorite friends because it became one of too many notifications from HubPages Editor?

Have you tried all the other routes to your friend’s new published hubs, your fan mail, new followers and comments on your hubs, et cetera, and came to the conclusion that your personal email is in fact the perfect depot for all links from HubPages, but it needs to be organized because it is too much, too overwhelming and probably the reason for your anxiety and the uncomfortable idea that you are addicted to incoming mail? (I once knew a lady who walked hourly to her postbox to see if she got mail. Her life was ruled by her postbox.)

Did you try daily digest and realized it does not work for you?

After five months I’ve eventually established an operating sYsTeM for management of HubPages' notifications - a dragon, like any other system, but especially created to kill my enemy Anxiety, who regards HubPages notifications as a direct way to my sensitive nerves. Since I follow the system I don’t hear myself think: “OMG, I’ve got only thirty minutes to eat this elephant. Where do I start?”

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"Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up." ~ A.A. Milne

"In a world with no systems, with chaos, everything becomes a guerilla struggle, and this predictability is not there. And it becomes almost impossible to save lives, educate kids, develop economies, whatever." ~ William J. Clinton
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I am a born administrator/organizer. I believe the smoother the road to your goal, the faster you’ll reach your goal and the more you'll enjoy the goal instead of the journey. Of course the journey should be enjoyed as well, but why allow any sources of frustration and anxiety? We may not have any control over life and death, or any unforeseen interventions like power failures and hurricanes in any aspects of our lives, but we all have the intelligence to organize our lives in such a manner that we reap as much as possible of the joy and peace it contains.

I need to follow effective systems and routines in order to feel contented. Following significant and feasible systems and routines systematically, make me feels in control and able to enjoy quality time for work as well as for leisure. When I simply go with the flow and do what’s to do as it falls in my lap, knowing there are many more to-do’s I could have done if I were a little more organized, makes me feel as miserable as a drug addict - always in a trance, not knowing if I’m coming or going. I hate this feeling! I don’t want to feel controlled by anybody or anything. (And I know this feeling, for I was at a time for a period of twelve months addicted to sleeping pills.)

I’m sharing my system with you not with the expectation that you use it, but merely to give you an idea how to organize your own in accordance with your own personality. How I envy those who are not like me, who can be happy in the midst of chaos.

I am a pain in the neck. But I've learned that people like me are needed. In all organizations there must be an organizer/administrator, blowing and puffing Chaos (and its creators) to the far edges where it cannot smothers the hearts and souls of the living. Following systems – streamline systems – allow us to convert the quantity time we spend on work and hobbies into quality time.

Regarding the procedure explaining below: You may skip the first step – of allocating incoming mail to specific folders - and keep all incoming notices in your inbox. The next procedure – what to do after you’ve moved notices to specific folders - is sufficient for handling notifications systematically and effectively directly from out the inbox.

Personally I want my inbox to be empty at all times – I regard my inbox in the same manner I regard the entrance hall of my home and work-environments. It should be clean and ready to accommodate new visitors. No stuff should be lying around for them to trip over. Stuff for the kitchen, should be taken immediately to the kitchen, for the bedrooms, to the bedrooms, for the lounge to the lounge..... I’m sure you know what I mean.

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"I believe managing is like holding a dove in your hand. If you hold it too tightly you kill it, but if you hold it too loosely, you lose it." ~ Tommy Lasorda

"Time = Life, Therefore, waste your time and waste of your life, or master your time and master your life." ~ Alan Lakein.

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This is how I allocate incoming notices from HubPages to specific folders –

I am using Microsoft Outlook as my main e-mail account, but I do know other programs such as gmail and Microsoft Express as well and know the following is feasible in most e-mail programs.

In the main folder of your e-mail account – the folder containing ‘inbox’, ‘outbox’, ‘sent items’ and ‘deleted items’, create the following folders.

  • Hubs 0-Comment
  • Hubs 1-Read
  • Hubs 2-Read
  • Hubs 3-Read
  • Hubs 4-Check
  • Hubs 5-Reply

 

Now check your inbox. It is overstuffed with HubPages notifications, a list as long as your arm. If your settings allow you to receive/sent manually, you will be able to allocate the notifications until the inbox is empty. If your settings allow automatic receive/sent, you may forever be busy with this first task if you don’t call it quits for an hour or more in order to give attention to a batch you’ve already allocated.

There are 5 tipes of notifications

  1. You’ve got a new follower - HubPages Editor [editor@hubpages.com]: Hi MartieCoetser, The audience for your hubs is growing: chspublish is now following you on HubPages.
  2. You’ve got Fan Mail - HubPages Editor [editor@hubpages.com]: Hi MartieCoetser, chspublish has left you some fan mail: Thanks for your lovely comment to me, Martie. Looking at your site iI see you have made great strides in the time spent with hubpages. Approve or deny this fan mail
  3. Someone posted a comment on one of your hubs - HubPages Comment [comment@hubpages.com]: The HubPages user tonymac04 left a comment on your Hub Fear – a poem. Respond - If you would like to respond to a comment, go to your Hub and post a comment for all your readers to enjoy. Do not reply to this email!
  4. Someone replied on a comment you’ve left on their hub (Thanks for this new service, HubPages!) - HubPages Team [email@hubpages.com]: Hi MartieCoetser, We thought you would like to know that Wayne Brown recently commented on their Hub AMERICAN PORK. You previously commented on this Hub and indicated that you would like to be notified if Wayne Brown made a comment after yours.
  5. Someone you follow has published a new hub - HubPages Editor [editor@hubpages.com]: Hi MartieCoetser, We just wanted to let you know that epigramman has just published a new Hub. Evolution of Flight SOS “ The rumor onboard sounded a bit surreal.  Apparently one of the passengers  saw a giant ape enter the cockpit  dressed in the captain's uniform!  No wonder there was turbulence  away up here...”

Let’s allocate these notifications as fast as possible to specific folders -

  1. You’ve got a new follower - Move to Hubs 5-Reply
  2. You’ve got Fan Mail – Move to Hubs 5-Reply
  3. Someone posted a comment on one of your hubs – Move to Hubs 0-Comment
  4. Someone replied on a comment you’ve left on their hub - Move to Hubs 4-Check
  5. Someone you follow has published a new hub – Move to Hubs 1-Read

Let’s look at the folders to see what notifications it contains.

  • Hubs 0-Comment - Someone posted a comment on one of your hubs
  • Hubs 1-Read - Someone you follow has published a new hub
  • Hubs 2-Read – Empty
  • Hubs 3-Read – Empty
  • Hubs 4-Check - Someone replied on a comment you’ve left on their hub
  • Hubs 5-Reply - You’ve got Fan Mail and You’ve got a new follower

Your inbox is now empty, or you’ve decided to STOP in order to move to the next step. Or you've decided to skip this step I've just explained and act on notifications directly from out your inbox.

ACT on incoming mail from HubPages Editor

Empty the following folders as fast as you can in the following sequence –-

1.

Hubs 5-Reply – You’ve got Fan Mail - Follow the link and approve or deny the mail. Get back to your inbox and move the notification to ‘Hubs 1-Comment’ in order to acknowledge this fan mail at a convenient time.

In Hubs 5-Reply you also have You’ve got a new follower, a hubber willing to read your writings and to support you with positive feedback by leaving comments on the hubs you publish - Go read the profile of this hubber. Make your decision: Follow him too, or don’t follow him. (Some hubbers do follow other hubbers for reasons that may not impress you.) Get back to your inbox and DELETE the notification.

2.

Hubs 0-Comment - Someone posted a comment on one of your hubs - Check the comment and reply on it. If you have not recently read and commented on a hub of this specific hubber, it is now the time to go to their profile to read their latest or any other hub published by them and to leave them a comment.

  • When you reply on comments you’ve received on your hubs, make sure you are consequent. If you reply on ONE, you’ve got to reply on all. Don’t hurt sensitive hubbers by ignoring their comments while replying on those of others. Yes, we are all adults, we don’t mind to be ignored, but it still hurts and made us feel rejected – a mere human emotion we are able to cope with. If you don’t acknowledge comments on your hubs by stressing your gratitude through replies, know for sure that you’ll soon be regarded as too full of yourself to deserve any attention by hubbers like me at the Hubs.

We don’t owe each other anything at the Hubs, except love and support. Support you receive and not return will soon be support you don’t get. Most hubbers give to others what they would like others to give to them.

After you've reacted properly on a comment on one of your hubs, return to Hubs 0-Comment, DELETE the notification, and act on the next one until this folder is empty.

3.

Hubs 4-Check - Someone replied on a comment you’ve left on their hub – Go check and enjoy. Perhaps you feel the need to leave a second comment. Do so, return to Hubs 4-Check and DELETE the notification.

4.

Hubs 1-Read - NOW YOU MAY ORDER A CUP OF TEA or whatever you like to drink, and enjoy some of the published hubs in this folder. Or perhaps you want to repeat all previous procedures. Or perhaps you want to write and publish a hub. Your choice. Fact is, all hubs to be read are neatly saved in this folder and not in your inbox where it can remind you that you don’t have enough time to give proper attention to all your friends.

For the sake of this plan, we continue to Hubs 1-Read. Start at the bottom. Decide: Do you want to read the specific hub NEVER, NOW or LATER. If never, delete the notification, if later, move it to Hubs 2-Read. If now, go read it and leave a comment. Sometimes you will not have a substantial comment to leave, and that is fine - rather don't comment than make an idiot of yourself.

Never forget to rate a hub in all possible ways by clicking on one of more of the buttons at the end of the hub - Vote up, Vote down, Useful, Funny, Awesome, Beautiful. Also give attention to the adds and take time to follow interesting links. Many hubbers write on/for HubPages to earn income; the moment you follow one of the adds, they receive commission. You don’t need to spend any money via these adds, but you might benefit by merely checking it out. For all you know it is something you may need to buy soon.

In this folder you also store the notices of fan mail you’ve received and already approved. Never neglect hubbers who’ve sent you fan mail. If it is a new hubber, you may have to read their profile or one of their hubs in order to make their day like they've made yours with fan mail. Keep in mind that a new fan mail replace an older one you’ve already sent to a specific hubber. If you don’t want the older one to disappear, rather send the hubber a message via their e-mail. You’ll find the link on their profile page. Some hubbers do not allow contact via e-mail, and this means you will not be able to reply on their fan mail except by replacing an older one with a new one.

Enjoy your time in Hubs 1-Read until the clock tells you to do something else.

PS: I’ve never been able to empty my folder Hubs 1-Read. Notifications moved to Hubs 2-Read will probably never be read by me, and Hubs 3-Read may forever stay empty. Nevertheless, its all there, ready for me to attend to whenever I get the time.

And this is it -

a feasible system to control and act on notifications from HubPages, to be tested by you as it is, or adjusted in accordance with your personal preferences.

See for yourself how much quality time you will be able to spend at the Hubs when you follow a feasible operating system.  

Best wishes! 

© Martie Coetser Pozyn

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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

This hub will be rated up and up again by me! I do not like chaos but like to be organized and to have routines. But somehow, I have not come around to managing e-mail from hubpages yet, even though I try to keep up, whichis easier said than done. Your way of doing it will suit me fine! You have saved me the trouble figuring it out. Thanks Martie, I will do it now!! Take care and happy holidays!


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

thougtforce – It is nice to know I am not the only hubber who like to be organized, and I am so glad my system will suit you. I’ve printed the procedure, because I tend to forget it and it really work when I follow the steps. One-two-three and I’ve done what’s supposed to be done, and I have much more time for reading and writing. Before I started to follow these procedures, I really felt uncomfortable, like a good old housewife who just never manages to keep her kitchen clean. Please let me know if you find easier or faster ways to do the essential. Lots of love and peace from me to you.


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Great insight and organization! Thank you Dear Martie!


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Darlene Sabella 5 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Wow, what a fantastic hub, I am so unorganized when it comes to anykind of paper work. I dislike paper work and I hate to open or event to get my mail, and when I do I throw it in a pile, LOL I am a mess. HA...this really helps me and this is a must read for all hubbers. An excellent hub and I rate this up, keep the advise coming I need it...love & peace darski


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

@@ Micky Dee – Am I organized or am I organized? Lol! But I do have unorganized matters in my life. There is just not enough time to organize everything at the same time. I rotate from one level to another... always fighting Chaos. Thanks for the read.

@@ Darlene Sabella – Now why am I not at all surprise to hear you are a mess when it comes to organizing paper work. Darsky, you are a full-blooded artists and an adventurous, sparkling, adorable right-brain-orientated woman. Just printed this out and follow the procedures like a parrot, and enjoy the Hubs. In a week you will say: “Wow, look how organized I am.” LOL! And you will still be beautiful unorganized you, and so typical saxophone player :))))) (A parrot stays a parrot while he talks like a human being, not so?) Lots of love and peace from me to you.

Ps.: My children will be back any minute... to find me surprising them with a yummy stew on rice.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Wow, Martie,you are an organizer!!I can't stand anything out of place,if a picture is crooked on the wall,i stop anything i might be doing to straighten it.I've been told(my son) that i'm too particular,but i can't help it,i've tried to change to no avail,so i'm just going to enjoy a clean ,well organized home,now a computer is something i've never been able to organize.There are many things i cannot learn.I took a class twice and i'm still not efficient.Your e-mail plan sounds good,but i feel that if i attempted it,my mail would surely end up in China or perhaps,Africa.Thank's for the info.I hope this will not lead you to disinherit me as your twin hee

God Bless

(:Hugs


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

always exploring – Now there, identifying you as my twin was hammering the nail on the head. There was a time my house was my first priority. Everything was right where it belongs at all hours of the day and night. No longer. I’ve got many better and more rewarding and more interesting things to do now as getting bothered by some dirty dishes and dust on the piano. It just have to wait until I make some time to pay attention to them before the cockroaches carry me away. Ha-ha! Thanks for reading. You are always welcome to try this system. Just don’t drag your notifications in the direction of Africa or China. Lol! You’re so funny, and I just love you for being you. Hugs.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Thank you, Marti, for a well organized, well put together piece that is very informative and useful in the important tasks of "not missing anything" and also time management and consequently reducing stress. We all need more of that in our lives. This should be a great learning experiment as there are many areas that this could be applicable. Great read!


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Amy Becherer – Your comment is a perfect summary of the essense of it all. Even people who are not organized by nature, will agree – when they follow the procedures of an operating system even like parrots (without understanding the system) – they don’t miss/overlook as much, and they manage to get more work/play done in a certain timeslot. Thanks for coming by. Have a great Wednesday.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 5 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

Wow! It would be perfect that daily diggest really works - on that way there would not be so much work.

I tried to organize HP notifications a long time ago, but after one try I gave up. I just have no time, will and patience for that.

From my point of view, it would be much easier that we inform HP team that daily diggest does not work and ask them to fix it.

But your Hub is real inspiration for organizining anything. Thumbs up and thank you Marty.


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Tatjana-Mihaela – Organizing can easily takes up too much time, but only while you are still creating a streamline operating system. Once you’ve got the system feasible, you follow the organized steps automatic and reap the fruit, which is more time to enjoy what you really want to do without feeling anxious because you know there are more you can enjoy, if you have only enough time to find it. When I tried daily digest, it landed without me realizing it in my junk-folder. So before I could even try it, I’ve labeled it as ‘not working for me’. I too, have no patience and not at all enough time to spend time on anything that looks like a waste of time. Thank you so much for reading and for adding a valuable, thought-provoking comment to this hub.


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Oh but to have order in ones life:0) I have a lot of respect for those of us who can manage to stay neat, tidy and organized. I have been told that I am anal about cleanliness and putting things where they belong. I accept that as a compliment:0))

It goes back to my childhood days, my mother taught me well. Martie thank you for this great HUB so well organized. Many of us here will bookmark it as I am just about to and refer back to it from time to time. I loved it..great work I danced over all your buttons with Glee... lol


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

saddlerider1 – I’m so glad you like it. Although I’ve outgrown the stage of feeling completely rejected when somebody disdains my desire to be organized - trying to convince me that only lunatics have this desire - positive opinions still delight me. One becomes less conscientious with age – toys and books and dirty mugs out of place don’t bother me so much as it did when I was younger, but anything that can break my speed to get from A to Z just has to be sorted out before I can have any peace of mind. I will freak out at work during the teething problems of a new operating procedure. I’ll fight until sufficient shortcuts in the system enable fast delivery of services. I just can’t handle duplication of tasks or any loops in any system. Even my washing and ironing go one-two-three from A to Z. Achieve the highest success with the least effort as quick as possible, is my motto. Thanks for the visit, saddle. Have a good time up there in the land of snow.


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rpalulis 5 years ago from NY

Excellent tips on how to manage and act on your e-mail notifications from HubPages Thank you so much I am the worst organizer, I often pray that my wife would be very strong in these areas for this is where I am very weak.


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

rpalulis – Most of the times the opposite attracts, then the unorganized will often be organized into the dog box, and eventually back into the house again, and s/he will not really have a problem with that. When unorganized marry unorganized, well, not even they know where they are going to end up. But woe the organizer who marry another organizer. They will surely have a lot of unpleasant fun. Thanks for the visit. Oh, and get those dirty washing under your bed where it belongs :))))

PS.: What is nice about this system - As soon as you get the picture, you will be able to take shortcuts, and you life in cyberspace will even be more organized. The secret is, plan your work then work your plan.


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Madurai 5 years ago from Online

nice way to organise the bulk mail from hubpages and great idea to your visitors..


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

Martie, most excellent and if my rss feed fails me in satisfaction, I'll be back to give this a try.

The problem with the rss feed the HP crew has failed to make a way to follow with out getting the notifications. They did leave a check box to get a note that the author responded. If I remember to click it, it works well.

Thanks for an educational idea and method, dusty


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

*** Madurai – I can really recommend this... it works.... Thanks for coming by.

*** 50 Caliber – I’ve checked your rss-method, but it arouses in me the same anxiousness e-mail did before I’ve established this system. You see I cannot handle an overload of messages in my inbox (or rss-feed). I want my inbox to be empty in order for me to know I have not overlooked a message. I feel much more relax when ‘work’ to be done waits neatly in a file for me to attend to, and each type of work in its own file. I’m like this because I’ve done the work of five officers all by myself for 20 years. I would have lost my mind if I did not organize them before starting to work them in a certain order. Hugs and peace for you, dear 50.


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

Martie, I understand as my feed now sets at 173 and while it sorted by author, date and alpha, it still gives me a feeling of dragging up the rears, Peace and hugs, Dusty


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

50 Caliber - It seems to me you have no choice but to give mine a try. You might find some ways to improve it. Hugs and peace for you.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Good points. I think I'll bookmark this Hub for future reference.


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

WillStarr - Welcome in my corner. This really works for me. I've simplified it a bit since I've published this hub. This one is, however, the basic plan. Once you get the idea, you will be able to simplify it according to your own needs. Thanks for coming over. Take care!


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

This is a great work Martie. I probably won't get organized though. Thank you dear Martie. God bless you!


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Micky Dee – I’ve noticed that you are perfectly organized in a specific Micky Dee’s system :)))) God bless you too, my friend :))


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa

I will have to study this one and see if I can put my inbox into some sort of order. I'm not that organised and so any help is welcome. I will bookmark this one and use it to put my inbox into a semblance of order.

Thanks for the great ideas (and for the plug!).

Love and peace

Tony


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

tonymac04 – In the meantime I’ve simplified it, but decided not to change the procedures in this hub – because it explain the sense and order. Ag, ou Tony, ’n mens vol tog maar beter as jou lewe en take georganiseerd is. Next to me is a pile of documents to be sorted out since I can’t even remember – I just can’t get myself in the mood for it, so I am practicing all kinds of denial-techniques on them. Just so you know I am not Juffrou Eksie Perfeksie. Thanks for the visit, Tony. Sien jou weer!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

You expressed the anxiety of getting behind on hubpages and feeling overwhelmed; I get that way too and I only have seventy some followers. I'm an organizer too, if and when I have more followers, I think your system makes a lot of sense, thanks for sharing!


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Fossillady – Once you’ve got on top of this, you will be able to shorten it according to your needs.

Currently I have a major problem with HubPages – I don’t receive any notifications and nobody knows what went wrong. So I have to work directly in HP – via 'My account' - which is after all not so bad - not at all overwhelming. But then the chance of missing a hub published by a co-hubber is 50%.... and there are some more shortcomings which give me the idea that E-mail notifications are the best if you want to read and comment properly. Take care, lady, I’ll see you again soon.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

Hi Martie,

I like the way your mind works. You are very orderly. My mind is like that too, only reality gets in the way, and well you know the rest. It takes approximately 30 days of consistently doing something to make it a habit. Your ideas are very effective, I feel like you could coach us all to a more orderly life.

Thanks for sharing your ideas. Rated up, awesome and useful.


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

toknowinfo – When I was younger I was so organized I was a pain in my own neck – I’ve stopped trying, actually a long time ago, to be perfect. But it is a fact, the more organized you are, the more you get done. Just try this one – once you’ve got it, you can take shortcuts - :))))


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

Martie-I think I heard many hubbers in hubland breathing a sigh of relief with this great article. This is one of my biggest organizational struggles at Hubpages. I get all these emails from hubpages and I get overwhelmed which usually makes me less focused and less productive. I hit many buttons here :-)


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Minnetonka Twin – HP notifications drive me crazy! Something went wrong and I received for many months no notifications. So I’ve learned how to use My Account effectively and recently most of the time only my Home Page.

But a week ago I got a new e-mail address and my connection with HP was restored...

And now the emails keep coming... coming... coming...

I just can’t stay ahead of them and I’m now ready to stop them and to use only my Account and Home Page again. I can read three to four hubs in the same time it takes me to ‘organize’ my inbox.

But yes, for hubbers who prefer e-mail notifications, this hub will give them an idea how to manage them.

Thanks for the visit, Twin. It is so nice to see you in my corner :)))


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wba108@yahoo.com 5 years ago from upstate, NY

Martie- Thank you for these top notch suggestions! Awesome Hub!- WBA


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

wba - I really hope some of the tips will be useful for you. Gosh, these notifications drive me nuts. But I can't go without them.


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frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

I'm with your twin up there. But you had a simply great way to organize...and I like that!


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks frogyfish. I love to organize my work and anything that stand still for longer than half-an-hour, but wish it was not necessary :))) It can be pretty time-consuming - I do love to create things more.


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

A great read Martie. Having been inundated with notifications from HubPages I now receive absolutely nothing! Why is this, what have I done wrong because I now have absolutely no indication of when a new hub has been released!


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi acaetna - it happened to me as well a couple of months ago - my email connection with HP had broken irreparable. So I've opened a gmail account and changed my email address in accordance in my HP account. And now the emails are overwhelming me again, and I don't even have time to organize them. Thanks so much for your continues support, my lovely friend. Your are one of the stars on my list :)))


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Nadine May 14 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Wow what a great advise. I started to see if me creating these folders you suggested would work, but instead they 'all' kept ending up in the one folder I directed them to? I must do something wrong. Also for some reasons I get every incoming hub twice! I have no idea how to change that? I tried to organize HP notifications a long time ago, but after one try I gave up. I just have no time. Now I have bookmarked the feed page where I can see if people commented on any of my hubs. When I have replied to these comments and read their last, or other post I have not read yet. If I have time left I read a post on the feed page that intrigues me. That is all I can manage for now.


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MartieCoetser 14 months ago from South Africa Author

Hi, Nadine :) The purpose of sending emails to the distinct folders I have opened is to keep my inbox clean. But really, I have given up doing it, as it is a time-consuming task I have managed to skip without neglecting my obligations in Hubpages.

Getting notifications of every hub twice? Good grief! That will drive anyone crazy! I have set my hub notifications to receive a list of published hubs and comments made only once a day. I'll guide you through the process in a separate comment. Stand by!


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MartieCoetser 14 months ago from South Africa Author

Nadine - How to manage your Hubpages notifications -

1. Go to your Account page

2. Open "Profile" (At the top, in the 2nd line)

3. When this 'profile' page is opened, open 'Notification Settings' (in the 3rd line).

4. On this page change all "Instant e-mail" to 'never' and make your choices in the 'Digest' column. After a day or two you will receive your choices in one list once a day.

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