A couple of weeks ago one of the subscribers to this blog unsubscribed and left me the following note:
Can’t keep up with all the blogs I have subscribed to. I’m interested in keeping a “zero inbox” – saw that idea in a blog somewhere….funny, don’t you think?!?!
It made me laugh, I wanted to reply to him and tell him I liked his style but as he had opted out of further communication I decided to respect his wishes and not clutter up his inbox any further. But not only did he make me laugh he also made me realize I am contributing to a cluttered inbox. I myself subscribe to blogs that I am really interested in and after a couple of weeks don’t read the emails as I just don’t have the time.
How I intend to Help
Here is my contribution towards taking you closer to inbox zero. I will be sending you an email after every 4 blog posts are live. If you receive this post by email you will notice there are links to the last 4 articles posted. In this way I am making a positive contribution towards simplifying your life. I will be sending at least 36 less emails a year.
While we are on the topic here are my top 10 tips for reaching inbox zero
- Use the FAT model for processing mail File, Act or Trash
- Batch process email
- Write clear concise emails
- If the message is short write the full message in the subject and finish with [EOM]
- Unsubscribe to emails you no longer read (if you are reading this it means you shouldn’t unsubscribe to my emails! )
- Set up Rules in your inbox, send emails from certain companies or certain people directly to a folder
- Take your name off group distribution lists and ask to be updated only when your input is required
- Don’t send emails when a phone call would be quicker and more efficient, send less to receive less
- Take time once a week to review your email inbox and delete or file any emails that were left over
- Turn off all email notifications
Some more articles on the subject