Inbox Zero. It’s something that many dream about, but is it actually possible? I’m here to tell you that it is. A zero inbox is something that is achievable even if you get hundreds of emails every day and even if you have thousands and thousands of unread emails in your inbox.
An inbox with zero emails is achievable, but it does take time and some preparation.
Unsubscribe. Unsubscribe to any newsletters that you do not read. They are just taking up precious real estate in your inbox and precious time out of your day.
Canned responses or templates. Everybody has emails they write over and over again. You may also be one of those people that copy and paste from your draft folder. Making these into canned responses and templates is such an amazing tool that will save you a ton of time.
Only touch that email once. If you’re checking your emails, you should only be checking that email once. Look at the email. Can you respond or complete the required task in less than 2 minutes? If so, do it. If not, create a system to schedule a time in your day to do that task. Then you add that email to your process.
When I say schedule a time in your day to complete the task, I don’t mean leave it in your inbox. Having your inbox as a “to do list” may work if you get only a few emails per day, but the more emails you receive, the harder that will be. So, instead of leaving it alone, put it somewhere. Add it to a folder in your email, desktop,or Google Drive. Add it to your project management system and archive the email. You’ll have to see what works for you, but leaving it untouched in your inbox should not be one of them!
How does your inbox look? Do you have any of these systems in place?
Amanda Leigh, with her business savvy tools and upbeat attitude, helps entrepreneurs develop systems that work for, not against them. By setting up project management systems and email management protocols curated specifically for each business, Amanda’s dedication to helping others thrive means making sure nothing is forgotten.
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