Inbox Overload?

‘Inbox Zero’ is a strategy developed by US podcaster, Merlin Mann, to stop the stresses of an overloaded email inbox in three steps:-

  1. Completely clear your email inbox to start with a clean slate. Mann said, ‘If you can find the time to check email, you must also use that time to do something with that email.’
  2. Set your inbox to retrieve emails only at intervals, not every time a message arrives; unsubscribe from newsletters and organise folders by deadline not by subject.
  3. Thereafter only check and deal with your emails during dedicated email management periods of time.

Emails prove hugely distracting as they constantly drop into your inbox and – according to one study – it can take up to 23 minutes to regain focus after a distraction!