Get Into an Inbox-Zero Habit
When people ask me for productivity advice, the first thing I tell them is to get into an inbox-zero habit.
Roughly, this means processing your email inbox at least once a day according to the following principles:
If it doesn’t require any action, archive it
If it can be dealt with in under a few minutes, do it, then archive it
If it will take longer, transfer it to your task manager (most task managers have integrations to make this easy), then archive it
If you need to follow up on it or need the information at a known point in future, snooze it
After finishing this process you should have zero emails sitting in your inbox!
For me, the main benefits are:
I’m more reliable: I know that if something is in my inbox I haven’t dealt with it yet, so I’m much less likely to miss important stuff or forget to take action.
I’m more chill: A cluttered inbox is distracting and stressful. A nice clear inbox gives me peace of mind that I’m on top of everything.