So today I got a cool surprise. I usually keep my email clean. Just a handful of items in there. Today though I finally responded to a few emails that were just sitting there, and then…
See that? No Email… NONE. That doesn’t happen that often and so I thought I’d share some things that helped me get here.
- First, I try to limit what emails I actually get. This means unsubscribing if it is something I no longer care about receiving. I also use Gmail filters to move mail I don’t need to look at. Things like “you paid your bill” or other updates I may eventually want to know I had (or search for).
- I try not (generally) to use my inbox as a todo list. Todoist (my review) does an excellent job at helping with this inside of gmail but also have other clients (outlook, thunderbird, postbox)
- I try and batch process email a few times a day rather than let it build up. When I do go through my email, I use the 2 minute rule to get anything done that needs to be done quickly.
- Lastly, I try to be short in my email replies. The longer an email is, the more times I read it over before I send it. If I keep things short, it is easier to get it “out the door”.