An Empty Inbox is Like an Uncluttered Home


This is a picture of what my inbox usually looks like.

Because I’m being completely open and honest with you, right at the moment, I have 6 in my inbox.

It makes me smile πŸ˜‰ to see that lovely uncluttered space.

There are probably about 5 – 7 email habits I have that help to keep my inbox empty.
I’ll share just one of the ways with you: Every day I play a game with myself to see how many emails I can delete.

When you turn things into a game, it becomes fun and not a chore. My goal is to delete 50 items daily. If I don’t have that many after clearing my inbox, I go to my Sent Items to clear emails. Once you get used to seeing that uncluttered goodness, it’s hard to go back to a full inbox. I know I can’t. I almost start twitching when I see about 20! So for the next week, let’s have some FUN and see how many emails you can delete daily.

What are your inbox tips?[LG]Here’s something to put your computer on![/LG]

P.S. There are MANY more tips in 7 easy steps to organise your office.


9 thoughts on “An Empty Inbox is Like an Uncluttered Home

  • March 4, 2008 at 10:02 am

    I have 9 emails in my inbox right now, but since this is where I receive a lot of my to-do’s for the day, that’s pretty good. I use the two line view, so as long as I can keep it down to where there’s no scrollbar on the side, I’m doing well!

    You did inspire me to start deleting 100 a day from my sent folder and my deleted folder, though. I wish I could just dump those, but I always find myself backtracking for one reason or another.

  • March 4, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    Very helpful links – both of you – thanks!!

  • March 4, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    i have 16. i too love an empty inbox, but i’ll keep email reminders to myself there until i finish a task. it’s sort of my digital “to-do” list. that, and i’ll flag anything that’s waiting for a response…so i know to check up on it once in a while if i don’t hear back.

  • March 5, 2008 at 5:40 am

    Eva, that’s so wonderful. I am honoured that I inspired you on my 100 a day kick!

    But most important, i am SO PROUD of you – yayyyyy, Eva πŸ™‚

    Family CEO and Beth

    Thanks for those great links πŸ™‚

  • March 5, 2008 at 8:52 am

    I do the same thing, Amber – it’s another one of my life saving lists, really. Thanks for the comment!

    Awe, shucks, Marcia…thanks!

  • March 5, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    I think I need to do a teleseminar on Email – what do you think?

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