Manage your inbox or it will manage you.

We all know the pulse-increasing, anxiety-creating, stress-producing role email plays in our lives. And managing emails can take up a huge part of your day, according to an article on HuffPost. A 2015 survey found that American workers spend just over six hours a day checking email ― the majority of which is spent going through business emails outside of office hours.

It’s understandable, then, that many of us feel controlled by unread messages, spam mail, newsletters and correspondence with colleagues. The good news is that there are some relatively simple ways to alleviate the inbox madness.

At the top of the list is adjusting your notifications. Research published in 2014 found that when people only checked their email three or four times a day, they felt less stressed. A second key suggestion involved setting time aside to clear out unnecessary emails. Another key trick that successful people swear by: Don’t check your inbox first thing in the morning.

It all comes down to managing your email appropriately. That’s not only possible, it’s important for your health and wellbeing, as well as your job effectiveness. For a full list of tips and tricks on controlling your inbox, read the full article.