Like a crystal ball, your email inbox count can tell me a lot about you as a person… (oh how I wish that was true). Your inbox number can really only tell me how many emails you do (or don’t) have in your email inbox. A lot of emails in your inbox doesn’t necessarily mean you’re disorganized. You might just have the perfect system for navigating through your emails. But I am willing to bet that if you worked from a place of having almost no emails in your inbox you would be more efficient. And here is the FREAKING WHY (i’m yelling because I know you can handle it).
- Opening up your inbox countless times a day and scrolling through, trying to remember which email is important to answer AND which one isn’t wastes TIME. Lots of it. Especially because you’re in the habit of checking your email over 25 times per/hour (you have got to do something about that — but we will address that in a later post). What’s that? You star things that are important? Or you mark them as unread? Still a time waster. READ ON.
- Even if you’re system is to star what you need to get back to, the subject line does a terrible job at telling you what lies within. I’ll give you an example; The email subject line says ‘Thank you‘ but the ‘to-do’ inside the email is to create a gift certificate and take it with you to your exercise boot camp on Monday so they can enter it into a raffle. In this scenario, you’re a service provider that wants to garner more business (yay for make-believe). There’s actually a few steps for that particular task and unless they’re written out, you can bet that gift certificate isn’t making it to boot camp class on Monday.
- The other thing with leaving emails in your inbox; you can’t prioritize them. The ‘to-do’ I mentioned above is time sensitive; but if you’re leaving all your emails in your inbox (and you get a boatload of emails) it’s gonna get pushed to the bottom. Your efforts to star or mark emails as unread ain’t gonna work in this scenario.
- Having a crap-ton of emails in your inbox is overwhelming. When you get overwhelmed, you lose focus and are more easily distracted. So basically, your inbox full of emails is sucking your will to live.
Okay, I know I came on strong and I have a clear opinion about keeping your inbox neat and tidy. But I do want to hear from you (even if you disagree). Actually, I’d prefer to hear why you don’t keep an empty inbox…