7 Reasons to Keep the Inbox Empty - Part 2

This is part 2 of the 7 Reasons to Keep the Inbox Empty

#2: Avoids multiple handling of e-mails

One of the biggest productivity problems with email is that people read the same email message 2, 3, 5 or even 10 times BEFORE they take action on it! Even then, the message is still often left in the in-box (the same thing often happens with all the various bits of paper handled every day).

As a result, it now takes longer to reply to an incoming e-mail, since so many other messages are already in the inbox awaiting replies. This backlog of e-mail also means it takes longer to find a specific message. Sorting may not help much, since something like a ‘sort by sender’ may show numerous other, older messages sent by the same person, all sitting in the inbox.