I’ve previously posted about my love of The 4-Hour Work week by Tim Ferriss, and I recently wrote a story for My Career about our work life becoming overloaded thanks to technology. Researching the story and doing numerous radio interviews about the subject prompted me to tackle my one area of my work: email overload.
The solution? Inbox zero. This 30 min video from Merlin Mann is old ish (2007), but I love his approach. Listen to it, wrap your head around the contents and get started. I spent an hour listening to the video + Q&A, two hours setting up filters and then another couple of hours tweaking with my system. That investment has already saved me countless hours dealing with my inbox.
Within a month of working with Merlin’s techniques, my inbox situation has moved from ‘continual crisis’ to ‘completely manageable’.
My favourite tips?
1. Process your email, don’t check it. (Yep, this is a mindshift, listen and try it.)
2. If you have to check your email continually, do it in an email dash every hour or so. Ten minutes on the hour then you’re out of there. This has made my day SO much more efficient.
3. Delete delete delete. I’m getting ruthless and it’s working.
Are you drowning in email? Got any tips to improve the situation?
Have you watched the Inbox zero video? What do you think?