Here’s a fun fact about me: I don’t own a smartphone. In fact, I barely use a mobile phone at all, I basically carry it around as an emergency device. You might think it’s stupid or insane, but it helps me filter out many distractions, and actually communicate with people when I’m out socializing.
Enter email, however, and I’ve got a bit of an addiction building up. I check my email far too many times per day, and I admit I’ve gotten hooked on the feeling of receiving new emails containing leads, sales notifications, etc. It’s time to stop this.
It’s time for Inbox Zero!
I’ve heard about the inbox zero idea from time to time, but an article on the Asian Efficiency blog really caught my attention and spurred me on to take the philosophy seriously.
In simple terms, the idea is to stop using your inbox as a repository for all emails that you receive, rather you use it as a place where you only store unread emails, and you strive to have an empty inbox at the end of the day. Sounds good to me, so I’ll be trying it out.
Apart from that, I’ll also be taking note of a few email tips from Carol Tice, who was a self-confessed email addict before she took serious steps to clean up her inbox and get things under control.
I think I’ll dive into my Gmail accounts right now, and write about my Inbox Zero experience here again later.