There were a couple big conferences recently. Rather than go myself, I read notes of people who did attend. One of the gems is this how-to on keeping your inbox empty. I have been following the advice for a week and it’s worked well.
I have always had the desire to keep my inbox clean, but haven’t had a system. In the past, it’s been pretty brute force. While it has felt nice to be done, I never enjoyed the task. Also, I found myself feeling guilty for replying to friends and family when there were emails that were “more important.” So, I like that this system encourages me to take the time to respond to those first. It makes sense that if I am to keep relationships going via email that I not consider it a burden.
And the best part is that this system isn’t life-altering. It’s a simple (perhaps obvious to some) way of breaking down your inbox.
If you give it a shot, let me know how it works for you.