Clear your inbox twice as fast

How to clear your inbox twice as fast when you are sick to your stomach with email:

Step 1 – Do a select all so all the messages in your inbox are highlighted.

Step 2 – Go down the list asking yourself this for each line: “Do I want to look at this?” Un-highlight the fraction that you want to read or respond to.

Step 3 – Hit delete (not archive).

Suddenly you will have just a few messages worth your time and attention. Works especially well if you get a lot of newsletters that are interesting but not as interesting in this moment as inbox zero.

Just because it is in your inbox and from a real person doesn’t mean it requires a response.

I hereby free you from email guilt!

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership

Published on June 18, 2020

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