Once I had taken a look at the staggering number of unread e-mails, she did not have to offer any explanation.
I know many people like her. The philosophy at work here seems to be, "We'll get to it later." But before these people know it, another dozen or more e-mails have arrived, and that all-important e-mail has been pushed to the next "page".
Clearly, this is a philosophy that does not work.
How many of you have tons of unread e-mails? Is it really that difficult to maintain a clean inbox?
I have two primary e-mail addresses. Here's a screenshot of my Gmail inbox:
Now here's a screenshot of my Commits Mail inbox:
I have a simple 1-2-3 formula for dealing with e-mail:
1. After you log in and check out your inbox, take quick decisions on "deleting", "marking as spam", and "opening", in that order.
2. Reply ASAP to the e-mails remaining in the inbox.
3. After you reply to each e-mail, take a quick decision on whether to delete it or move it into a folder for future reference. (I have upwards of 40 folders, termed "labels" by Gmail, for each of my e-mail addresses. It may seem like a lot, but believe me, this system is a very efficient one, especially since, additionally, the search function allows me to zero in on ANY e-mail in these folders.)
Want to use this 1-2-3 formula over the weekend to organise your inbox? Be my guest. And send me a screenshot afterwards.
- ALSO READ: How to achieve "Inbox Zero".
- By the way, I prefer my desktop to be uncluttered, too. See image below: