How you handle your inbox tells me so much about your mindset.
It’s essential that we take the way we treat our inboxes seriously.
I believe this so whole-heartedly that I wrote you a whole guide for how to create and maintain inbox zero.
I get a lot of push back from folks on this, though.
Here are three main issues I see when it comes to inboxes:
1. just in case
When we believe we may need something “just in case,” we are fearful and don’t let it go. We let the inboxes build up. Which, ironically, doesn’t do us any favors when it comes to finding the items we may need.
2. incomplete processing
Save yourself this hassle by setting aside times when you’re on your computer to completely process your inbox, only touching emails once.
- Notes to yourself
- To-do list items
- Details for appointments/events
I like using the Spark app for all of my email accounts; there, they are all in one place or in the case of small teams, the Missive App. Both are easy to use, attractive on my eyeballs, and have awesome shortcuts.
Next time you realize your inbox is a mess, ask yourself why. Be honest. Decide to purposefully cultivate an inbox zero. You’ll be glad you did.