How I Achieved Inbox Zero

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How I Achieved Inbox ZeroYesterday, for the first time in my life, I achieved the ever elusive Inbox Zero. The day began with close to 4,000 emails in my inbox and ended with…that’s right…zero.

One may be tempted to ask how it’s possible to have close to 4,000 emails in your inbox to begin with. Well, let me tell you, it IS possible. Despite expert advice from all of the experts who advise on such things, email would come in but it never went out. I’m sure many of you can relate. Not to stereotype, but us creative types are not known for our organizational skills, you know what I mean?

Here’s how I did it (and you can, too!):

  • Sort the inbox by “from”
  • Scan for the easy stuff that you know you don’t need and unsubscribe if applicable
  • Use “search this folder” and enter a particular sender’s name (this hides everything else)
  • Select the first email in the list and then “edit>select all”
  • Click on “delete”
  • For things that need to be read, make a folder and “move” all items to it (in other words, OUT of the INBOX)
  • For things that need to be saved/referenced, forward to Evernote

Obviously, there are variations on the above, but these steps worked for me. It’s been almost a full 24 hours and Outlook is still lookin’ empty. Now on to maintenance mode. Wish me luck in keeping it clean.


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