A few weeks ago, Joe Pinkser of The Atlantic divided American workers into two categories: Those who constantly need to achieve Inbox Zero 鈥 deleting newsletters and e-sales at the drop of a hat鈥攁nd those who鈥檒l let that 鈥渦nread鈥 number climb into the thousands, even tens of thousands. While those are two extremes, there are ways to feel more in control of your inbox no matter who you are. Below, four successful women (slash email masters) share their tried-and-true tips for everything聽inbox-related:

1. Anjelika Temple, Creative Director at Brit + Co

As someone who can鈥檛 stand a full inbox, Anjelika Temple starts every morning by going through her mail. But then, rather than staying glued to her inbox like so many of us do, she only checks in a few times throughout the day.

鈥淭hough it鈥檚 natural to constantly be checking your email, set aside a few 15-minute time slots each day to tackle your inbox,鈥 Temple says. 鈥淩espond thoughtfully to a few emails in that time, and move on. That way you won鈥檛 be totally stressed at the end or beginning of each day.鈥

When you do tackle your email, Temple says to avoid marking emails that require action as 鈥渦nread,鈥 as doing so will only leave you more overwhelmed. 鈥淔or a while I was using my inbox as a to-do list and found it stressful, so I changed things up,鈥 she says. 鈥淯sing your unread section as a to-do list is overwhelming, because you will never feel like anything is done.鈥 As a remedy, Temple suggests adding action items to a separate to-do list.

2. Aly Silverio, Founder of Jawbreaking

As the woman in charge of an independent clothing company, Aly Silverio controls three different email accounts: her personal account, the business account, and the customer service account. With three inboxes to manage, how does she stay sane?

First and foremost, Silverio says she utilizes Apple Mail to keep the three accounts separate from each other. Within each individual account, she makes folders for different topics, such as 鈥渃ollaborations鈥 and 鈥済ifting.鈥 She also adds the people she communicates with most 鈥 i.e. the people in her office 鈥 to her VIP list, so she鈥檒l never miss a message from them.

Though replying to emails is a big part of Silverio鈥檚 day-to-day job, she knows it can wait and advises against responding to most mail while on the go. 鈥淚 don鈥檛 like to reply from my phone because I鈥檓 scared of typos or the email not sending properly,鈥 Silverio says. 鈥淚f it鈥檚 important or urgent, I鈥檒l reply straight from my phone. If I know I can鈥檛 reply at that moment, I definitely flag it so I can get back to it later when I鈥檓 at a computer.鈥

3. Breanna DiGiammarino, Category Lead at Indiegogo Life

Sometimes it鈥檚 easiest to let your webmail provider organize your inbox for you. Take it from Breanna DiGiammarino, who uses the Gmail Priority Inbox tool to focus on only the most important emails that come her way. By analyzing what emails you read and reply to most often, Priority Inbox separates mail into three categories: Important and Unread, Starred (anything you鈥檝e marked for later review) and Everything Else.

Tools like Priority Inbox help DiGiammarino stay organized and make time for what鈥檚 truly important鈥攚hich might not always include answering email. 鈥淭he key to productivity is prioritization,鈥 she says. 鈥淚 identify the most valuable things I can do each day and structure my time around those tasks. Sometimes email is part of that work, and sometimes it is not.鈥

Even if checking email isn鈥檛 at the top of her to-do list, DiGiammarino says she often goes back to her inbox at the end of the day or week to follow up on her lower priority threads, both professional and personal. 鈥淚 try to respond to every personal email I receive because you never know when cultivating a relationship will lead to an interesting conversation, a business partner, or even a new employee,鈥 she explains.

4. Caroline Ghosn, Founder and CEO of Levo

One of the best things we can do when we feel like we鈥檙e drowning in unanswered emails is take a step back and breathe, Caroline Ghosn says.

鈥淲e live in a world that is out of control from a pace and quantity perspective, with an ever-quickening expectation around responsiveness. It鈥檚 okay to feel overwhelmed!鈥 she says. 鈥淭ake a step back and prioritize from most important to least important. We are often distracted by false urgencies at the expense of doing what is most important first. It is always worth doing what is most important first.鈥

This post was originally posted on Levo League by Heather Finn.