PastorHacks had an article that has probably changed my life forever! They issued the challenge to take your box to zero by taking action on every single email, or at least filing ones you need to take action on in a folder labeled just that, Action Needed.
I currently have an extensive email file system that I have to force myself to use. Here's some of the things I did to clear out the ole inbox:
- Take action on emails that contain information I want to save by transfering the information to an accessible place. Passwords? In the spreadsheet. Details for upcoming events? Put them in the "note" section of a calendar entry. Websites you want to check out? Bookmark 'em!
- Do I really need to answer EVERY email? Nope. I typically wait until I have time to "formulate the perfect response" and because of this I postpone answering emails. Today, I gave some short, polite responses and hit the delete button.
- File, file file! Sub-file, and sub-sub file. I really like to hang onto data. I keep files on everything from a to z. File it.
- Or, delegate it. Forward it to your admin, send it to someone who can do something about it.
I can't tell you how good it felt today when I hit "zero" in my inbox. It was liberating. It was energizing! Let me know about your zero inbox! Tye out.