Master your emails with inbox zero
part 1 of 2
Are you drowning in emails, a slave to your inbox? Inbox zero is an email management methodology that I use and share with my clients. Scary as it sounds, inbox zero is possible and with a bit of practice it’s a simple way to boost your productivity.
We have so much email traffic to manage these days. Some of us are complaining; some are just quietly overwhelmed; some of us feel obliged to read it all; some leave thousands of emails unread and feel guilty about them.
How do you manage your email? If your current approach is not working, this post is for you.
“I don’t feel comfortable now if the number of emails in my inbox exceeds about 20.” Productivity coaching client, April 2015 (note that when this client starting working with me in January 2015, she had more than 10,000 emails in her inbox).
My recent productivity tip on email management received quite a bit of interest with some subscribers saying that they were totally on top of their email and others admitting they have thousands in their inboxes.
It is possible to feel in control of your email?
What is inbox zero?
Inbox Zero was a term coined by Merlin Mann back in 2007. His definition was more about having clear headspace than actually clearing your inbox of emails.
Some people say we’ve moved too far from his initial intention – I say things have changed and we know more now about how our brains work than ever before. I work with clients to help them be more productive and I’ve seen many cases where managing email is a big stressor; having a method of clearing emails is valuable for your efficiency.
With consistent attention you can be an email master
With consistent attention, you will manage your email rather than it managing you. I know that this can be a tough new habit so give yourself lots of acknowledgement throughout the process – it might get a bit uncomfortable at times.
“Sometimes the biggest gain in productive energy will come from cleaning the cobwebs, dealing with old business, and clearing the decks—cutting loose debris that’s impeding forward motion.” David Allen, Ready for Anything
Boost your productivity: embrace inbox zero
You can benefit from the increased productivity that inbox zero brings. Next post I’ll provide six simple tips to implement inbox zero.
I can help you implement inbox zero and improve your productivity using the system that best suits you. Email any queries to me firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is my actual email at 12.15pm Sunday 12 April:
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