The holy grail of email management is achieving, at least temporarily, the empty inbox. I saw that Jeremy Wright had recently accomplished this and it inspired me.
So, here I am with an inbox with exactly zero items in it. It’s definitely an exercise that worth doing – at least once.
It’s a temporary victory, but it feels good.
Of course, having an empty inbox is not the same as having responded to and dealt with every email. That one may be impossible. However, the exercise of clearing the inbox, moving messages to folders, setting up new rules, deleting messages and dealing with messages that need only a quick response can leave you feeling a lot less overwhelmed. At least until tomorrow morning when everyone emails you back and the overnight load of email has arrived.
Food for thought from 43 FoldersMarc Eisenstadt’s calculations on time spent handling email.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
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