Inbox Zero Is Not That Hard?
Last week I stumbled across an article where the author was completely baffled how people struggle with achieving and maintaining Inbox Zero.
As one of those people, I was a little bit annoyed, but I decided to give it a chance since I’m always open to advice, even if the delivery is a little insulting!
Unfortunately, there weren’t any new insights to be gained, it was just an opinion piece on how easy it is for this one person, no new actionable insights except to develop self-respect, which is a good point but was poorly made.
My Progress With Inbox Zero
I mentioned my aspirations to achieve Inbox Zero some time ago and after beginning a new job I’ve discovered the one sure-fire way to achieve it; start from a blank slate.
Seriously, the only reason I am currently able to maintain Inbox Zero is because I have just started and get 3 or 4 emails a day.
I’m certainly going to try and maintain it of course, I have different folders set up for different levels of attention I need to give, although it’s still a little disorganised and I’ve already been a little unsure of where I failed an email when I needed to find it later.
So my progress at this point is very little!
I’m pretty sure that the answer is to set up rigid rules for how to file the emails, but I really don’t seem to be able to do that just reviewing the email content at the time. Some have further work to go into them, others I might need later and might not, some I don’t need at all but I’m pretty sure that as soon as I’ve deleted it, someone is going to mention it and I’ll be close to clueless about what it originally said!
It’s a little bit irritating that I’m getting better at organising my folders for files I’m working on, but not making much progress on emails. I mean come on, it’s not that different!
Anyway, I’ll soldier on for now and if/when I crack the email management code, I’ll let you know how so you can do it yourself!
NB: If you’re as bad as me at organising emails that is