Thursday, January 1, 2009

A Perennially Empty Inbox - How 'bout THAT for a New Year's Resolution?

Happy New Year, everyone!
This is the time when many people make resolutions for the New Year... so I'd like to add my two cents.

Resolve to empty your inbox every time you view it.

OK, so you might think I'm crazy... Whadabout those 200 emails you get every day? Yep. That's alot. BUT. It can be done. I do it. Many of my clients and associates do it. They've found new freedom from stress.

We've talked about this several times in this blog, but the key to it all includes two mindsets:

1. Distinguish between "work" and "sort."
2. Check your inbox as few times a day as your business allows.

1. When you go into your inbox with the intention of sorting that newly rec'd email, you'll triage the work to be done in its correct priority, rather than become distracted by each incoming newfound treasure. the concept is easy, the practice is a bit more challenging. See our March posts for the summaries of our 12 Steps.

2. The world won't collapse if you don't check your email for 90 minutes or so, even tho' you think it might. By spacing your inbox views, you actually allow yourself to focus on other work. Amazing! You'll get more done, and when you do go into that inbox, you'll have enough new mail to sort (and triage) that it makes it worth your while as a task.

So, are you up for that new resolution?

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