The Inbox is not your master, it is your inbox, so you make the rules. You can master the inbox, you can create your own rules.
Around the globe slavery was abolished for the most part over 100 years ago. However, for many people in their offices today, the ‘inbox’ has become a virtual slave master creating tonnes of stress and destroying productivity.
However, you can change this relationship by developing rules that mean the inbox works for you. But you have to create these rules and stick by them.
Personally, I use these three rules when dealing with my inbox.
1) Process all emails until you hit inbox zero three times a day first thing, lunchtime and before heading home.
2) Read any emails that need to be read at this minute and archive or delete straight away.
3) Work to Inbox zero then start on my to-do list.
These rules work for me. However, they may not work for you.
If you are struggling to create your own rules what we suggest is that you sit down away from your email and brainstorm what is important and what is not important with emails in regards to you key priorities.
Once you have done that. Pick the three rules that you think will improve your daily battle with the inbox and stick to them ridgedly for 28 days and see what happens.
Have a calendar item booked in for the 29th day to review how it worked and what you may need to change.
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