Delete your entire Inbox
You have no mail! As odd as that might sound, I get a huge rush when I see an empty inbox. You have sorted through all the clutter and can now, with a clear and organized mind, get to work.
I remember working at Dropbox and using the Mailbox app to help me achieve this e-mail Nirvana. I would strive, like a little lab rat, to get the endorphin high of the “you’re all done” screen. Fast forward a few years, and I no longer work at Dropbox and Mailbox is no longer a product. That said, the goal of an inbox is still something I chase. This desire to start fresh and be efficient has never been as strong as it is at the beginning of the year. When all of us make goals of “tidying up for a more magical life”. My post vacation bliss quickly came to a halt as I pictured the state of my inbox after some well deserved time off for the holidays. It’s going to take me a whole week to dig myself out of e-mail, I said during dinner with friends. One of them responded, almost flippantly, I’ll just go in tomorrow and delete them all! All? I said, thinking he was joking. He wasn’t. He promised me that if it was truly important, people would touch base again.
I don’t think I can go to that extreme of deleting my inbox, yet there’s some sense of peace that comes from taking back the power of e-mail. Next time I am out, I will tell everyone in my out of office message that I will delete all my e-mail upon my return and, should they need to touch base with me, to e-mail me when I’m back. What’s the worst that can happen, right?