There’s no replacement for having a solid routine when it comes to managing the myriad of communications that make up our day. But when you’re drowning under the constant barrage of emails and notifications, it can be hard to establish one. Use these quick inbox hacks to triage your inbox and create some breathing room.
I always start with the inbox because it’s usually the cornerstone of entrepreneurial anxiety. It’s the main place where other people’s expectations come knocking. And it’s usually someplace we completely lack boundaries.
I won’t promise you will love your inbox, but I will tell you it’s possible to release its stranglehold on your life and confidently ignore it for hours (or even days) without it turning into a three-ring circus.
Inbox Hacks & Workflows Video
Here’s a quick summary of what I cover in the Inbox Hacks & Workflows video:
3 Quick Wins to Tame Your Inbox
Unsubscribe! – It only takes a few seconds but if you aren’t regularly opening and reading, it’s time to unsubscribe. They won’t be offended, you’re actually helping their open rates!
2 Minute Rule – If it can be done in under two minutes, do it while you’re processing your inbox. If it can’t, move the task to your to-do list with a specific time to get it done.
Reduce your notifications. – Set times to check your email and stop letting notifications distract you. If you do have client emails you need notifications for, tailor your notification settings to only allow those.
Want to go deeper? Tame Your Inbox
Each week I conduct a live training like this during my Business Systems Office Hour. After the training, the rest of the hour is a live Q&A session–and the questions don’t even have to relate to the training! Learn more here.