We’ve all had our inboxes full to 3-4-digit figures. Sometimes even having a high 2-digit unread amount of emails stresses my mind just a bit. A lot of the times, I know that some of those won’t ever be read, and I simply need to click the “delete” button. That would solve my entire issue! But I don’t. I simply let the emails accumulate….this doesn’t create beautiful and balanced life for me. It just adds an extra to-do in my day.
One of my goals is to create minimalism in my life: from having a little bit of clothes, a little bit of household items (only the necessary ones), and decluttering extra items from my house that don’t give me joy. This includes anything in my digital-cloud-life or whatever you want to call it. I think you should do this, too. The feeling you will receive whenever you see your inbox and it’s clear. Oh my lanta, how great would this be! The less you have, the more freedom you will receive.
The challenge is simple: reach 0 unread emails by the end of this week.
You will be doing this by simply taking some time to perform the following tips during your mornings.
Read your email daily, but not at the beginning of your day. We all get distracted easily with technology. That is what will happen when you start reading your email from bed as soon as you wake up. I typically do my oil pulling first, brush my teeth, drink a glass of water, take the dogs out, make some coffee, then sit down to do my devotional. After I have done quite a few things in the morning, I am ready to go through some emails.
Make a decision of what to do with that email right away. Can you read it really quickly AND take 2-3 minutes to reply? Do it. This will make you look very efficient and responsive. Can you archive it or create a folder that says “Read later” that you can finish off the task in your evenings (this one is for emails that aren’t so urgent)? Then place it in its proper folder and rid it from your unread/inbox pile.
Adapt to printing out long emails or archiving them. If some of these emails are very informative and require your attention during your busy day, print the document out and read it during a coffee line, shopping line, while you’re waiting in the waiting room at the doctor, etc. If you don’t have access to a printer, just make sure to archive them in your “read later” pile and read it from any appropriate device after work or in the evening.
Don’t let emails rule your day. Make sure to only check one an hour, if that. I check every 3-4 only because my full-time job always comes first. My staff has each others’ phone numbers, so we know we can reach each other quickly through text.
By Saturday, you should have a clear inbox. Ahhhh.