How to Clear & Keep Clear Your Gmail Inbox

Go from thousands of emails to a handful in minutes by developing this process that keeps it that way

Do you have so many emails in your inbox that you have literally given up on ever clearing them out?

Or maybe you have to schedule a several hour clear-out session every few months to get your inbox back down to a handful of messages?

In this course, you can find another way. We walk you through the process of setting up your Gmail inbox for success and getting your inbox clear. By following the practices shared in these videos, you'll be able to clear out your inbox in 30-45 minutes and then find it easy to keep it clear.

Here's what this course covers:

  • How to turn on/off email notifications and how to set up custom notifications for emails from specific people
  • How to turn on and use Gmail's most commonly needed shortcuts
  • The most productive email folder system and how to get your current folder system to match it
  • How to clear out all of your old emails in minutes and how old is "old"
  • How to integrate your to-do list with your email so you can move tasks to your list rather than use your inbox as a to-do list
  • How to move all emails out of your inbox the first time you read them
  • How to set up automatic filters so you don't need to process newsletters and other emails that don't demand a response every time

This course is a practical guide to success. Our founder, Matt, will show you how to do each step in his own gmail inbox.

Not a Gmail user? The principles and practices shared in this course are applicable to all email applications, though some of the specific mechanics of how certain tasks are done will be different. You may find it better to enroll in our Control Your Email course, which isn't specific to Gmail.

Course Curriculum

  Getting Down to a Few Emails
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  Staying Clear: How to Process Each Email Fast
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How would you like access to all of our courses plus the opportunity to take the Time-Finder diagnostic monthly?

Purchase a School of Time membership for $10/month or $84/year and get access to everything, including new content added monthly.


About Us


Our goal is putting time back in your life. We help individuals and companies save time by developing productive habits and adopting productive mindsets based on real research into where people lose time and how they can get it back.

Our online courses enable you to take ~5 minutes of your daily Facebook or Instagram scrolling time and get something for it. Here's how they work:

  • Micro-lessons: ~5 mins each, 1-2 hours over a month
  • Learning as a game: Learn by answering questions, no long reading
  • Habit-focused: Designed to help you change your behaviors

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and ends in 2 months! You're free to choose how you move through the course. Remember that information alone won't save you time. Aligning your behaviors with research-backed practices will and that takes focus, which is why we restrict access to 2 months.
How long do I have access to the course?
You will have access to the course for 2 months, though you will be able to download some resources and keep them forever! After 2 months is up, you can purchase access to the course for another 2 months... or instead, you could join our School of Time for just $10/month or $84/year and get access to all courses and new content monthly.
Will my company pay for me to go through this course?
We think they should! There are real and clear benefits to your company of you going through this course. Simply email us at connect@zarvana.com with a little information about yourself and your company and we'll get started on making that a reality.
How can I make this course available to my company?
We love working with companies! Send us a short note at connect@zarvana.com describing how we can help and we'll design a plan that can work for your company, or sign up for a free 7-day trial here: https://www.zarvana.com/company-free-trials.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the 2 weeks and we will give you a full refund.
Will this course ever change or be updated?
Yes! We’re working hard to make sure these courses reflect the latest research and breakthrough strategies. Whenever we make an update that will benefit you, we’ll send you a note so that you can be sure to check it out.

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