To be honest I have about 25 old emails saved on most days. I try to take any action that is needed and delete any unnecessary emails, but I always have about 25 sitting in my inbox.
Today I am going to share an idea for emptying your email box to zero emails and making space for creative inspiration.
In this process you will not be getting rid of emails you need for future reference, you save those in an email folder. It's about having zero email in your inbox.
Having emails pile up in your inbox call out for attention, making it difficult to decide what to work on. Having an empty inbox means no distractions or competition for your attention.
Consider the content of your inbox in three categories:
Stuff you don't need - automatically delete any of these type of emails.
Stuff you might need to refer back to - these are the emails you move out of inbox and store in you email folders.
Stuff you need to take action on - these are items you need to put on your to-do list.
Don't have a to-do list that is working for you - Here is a link to a printable options:
|Printable to-do list|
You can also keep your to-do list online with GoodTodo.com
I have not tried this program, but reviewed the site and I am going to give it a try. You can transfer emails right from you inbox and on to your to-do list, and any item you don't complete gets moved to the next day. Two features that I think would be really helpful.
However you choose to track your projects and to-do list items, clearing your email inbox will make staying on task easier. Think of how nice it will be to have a cleared out inbox giving your mind more space for bigger inspiring thoughts.
How many email to you have in your inbox?