7 Reasons to Keep the Inbox Empty - Part 4

This is part 4 of the 7 Reasons to Keep the Inbox Empty

#4: The inbox is NOT your to-do list

The inbox is NOT a to-do or task list – email delivers tasks.

The inbox is simply a holding place for newly arrived messages. It should be visited on a regular (but not constant) basis with the simple aim of making decisions – sifting, sorting and prioritising the latest batch of incoming messages.

Put a time limit on how long you can spend going through your inbox. Don’t get caught up reading articles or viewing videos etc at this time (schedule them for later). Best practice shows that for most people, 4 scheduled blocks of 30 minutes each day should be more than enough to turn all your email around within 24 hours.