Do you know about this Inbox Zero trend?
Well, you know me, I’m a straight shooter, and…
I’m calling BS on that trend. Yep, I said it.
I think it’s so stressful just thinking about trying to get your inbox to no emails.
Actually, I’m anti Inbox 0 and pro 0 Inbox. Allow me to explain…
So, when I used to have a regular J.O.B., I remember seeing emails fly in. And it would suck having to reply to them all and all the time it took dealing with that.
Eventually, I realized this: I’d do other stuff first and by the time I came back to deal with the emails, they’d been taken care of… by other people or it was otherwise resolved or was a non-issue to begin with.
See, 9 times out of 10, the issues really are taken care of. And I didn’t need to get involved. So I don’t, instead of wasting valuable time and energy and brain power.
That’s why “checking emails” is nowhere near the top of my to-do list. That’s what I mean by 0 Inbox.
And, I even tell people that I don’t respond quickly to emails. I manage their expectations.
I do make sure to look at my Primary tab in my Gmail once a day. But, for the most part, we use Slack in my business, which is a great way to organize messages with your whole team. And, my VAs manage emails, too.
Maybe try this: block time on your calendar just once a day to check your emails. Maybe 30 minutes or even an hour. When the time’s up, move on and don’t come back until tomorrow.
All the notifications and constant emails and pings and alerts are so stressful!
Eliminate that, or at least lessen it. I’m convinced it causes negativity to build up in you, which causes frustration.
Consider changing the way you look at and process your emails.
Oh, and trust me, the irony of this is not lost on me—that you’re reading this email I’ve sent you, in your inbox.
So, thanks for reading, now go to the tasks that make you money. 🙂