How to keep your inbox clean by planning ahead

Tue, Jan 16, 2007

Simplicity Rules

We all deal with information overload. Staying on top of email is my number one priority. It helps me remain in contact with colleagues, family, friends, and even strangers.

The solution that works for me is to keep my inbox clean. When new messages come in, I make a decision about them right away:

  1. Answer right away, if it’s short
  2. Delete it
  3. Decide when I’ll act on it or reply

Empty inbox!

When I don’t reply immediately or delete the email, I drag it to a sub-folder of my “reply later” box. I have a folder for each weekday, one for the weekend, and another for the following week.

To plow through a lot of messages, either in my inbox in the morning, or in a daily box that has built up, I use the tips from The Empty Inbox.

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