Inbox Zero is a topic path well-trodden in the productivity blogosphere, but two books and a few blogs about personal productivity later, staying on top of my email is still a daily challenge for me. While I don’t get down to zero every day, I do get there once or twice a week–usually when my inbox overflows onto the next page. (In Gmail, that’s when I get past 50 conversations.) Over at my Harvard Business blog, I ran down my tried and true techniques for keeping the electronic mail under control. If you’re suffering from a severe case of overload or could just use a refresher, check out Extreme Makeover: The Email Inbox Edition.
Keeping zero inbox is not a difficult mission is mission impossible 🙂
Though, as I wrote on your other blog, could be easier to declutter email also if:
1) If you have an email you need to process later, transform the E-mail in an appointment (quite all PIM have this feature)with a due date: you’ll have there in a second moment
2) If possible avoid replying to all (this helps staying focused within people really needed to address the the issues in email).
3) If not clearly requested avoid replying just to say “for me it’s OK”
4) use RSS instead of email subscriptions”
Keep on your great work.
Over 400 unreads when I started this week. Today I have zero email at all in my inbox. Thanks for the tips.
@Tom4Surfing: Good for you! I’m proud!