Connect with us

Business

What is ‘Inbox Zero’ and is it a good strategy?

Published

on

Rather than letting emails accumulate over time without a system of organization, the ‘Inbox Zero’ principle says that people should empty their email inboxes several times a day, according to Entrepreneur Magazine.

Proponents of this strategy say that it allows the user to respond to all critical emails quickly, avoid the stress of a massive list of messages, and focus attention on more creative or fulfilling tasks for the majority of the day. This is accomplished by effectively blocking out chunks of time to check messages and disabling notifications at all other times.

Detractors of the system say that many of the benefits of the system can be had without the time commitment of getting to zero multiple times per day, according to the New York Times. Merely disabling email notifications and checking in only three times each day, for instance, had a stress-relieving effect that allowed them to cope with their tasks more efficiently and get more work done.

To get started with ‘Inbox Zero’, it is crucial to clear all messages and start with a clean slate. From there, set the inbox to sort incoming email with the oldest messages at the top so that nothing gets missed in cases where others are responding quickly to your own replies. While processing, do not skip any email and each item must be replied to, archived, or sorted into a specific folder for later. Importantly, any emails that require an action that takes less than two minutes should be done immediately to avoid procrastination. Once the box is empty, close the email software and don’t open it again until the next scheduled time.

Maintaining an empty inbox is more comfortable for some than others but learning how to use keyboard shortcuts will make the process quicker and setting up filters can automatically archive messages into specific folders or delete them altogether. Unsubscribing from frequently unread newsletters and mailing lists could remove a lot of incoming mail before it wastes time.

Get Your Zombie Walk Shirt!

King Cartoons

Upcoming Events

Oct
17
Wed
4:00 pm Introduction to Watercolor @ Art in the Valley
Introduction to Watercolor @ Art in the Valley
Oct 17 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Introduction to Watercolor @ Art in the Valley
This class provides a hands-on experience for painting with watercolors, and meets once a week for five weeks. Each week we will work to build a solid foundation in technique. Materials are provided, but feel[...]
Oct
18
Thu
6:00 pm Drawing Studio @ Art in the Valley
Drawing Studio @ Art in the Valley
Oct 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Drawing Studio @ Art in the Valley
All drawing levels welcome. In this class we’ll work on creating drawings from still life, plaster casts, or reference photos. Learn and develop your abilities in composition, proportion, and rendering with artist and instructor Michael[...]
6:30 pm Learn how to save money with Sol... @ Marshall Community Center
Learn how to save money with Sol... @ Marshall Community Center
Oct 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Learn how to save money with Solar Energy @ Marshall Community Center
Are you a resident of Clarke, Frederick, Fauquier, Loudoun, Rappanhannock, or Warren County who wants to go solar? Now’s your chance! Neighbors have formed the Upper Piedmont Solar Co-op with the help of Solar United[...]
Oct
20
Sat
8:00 am Front Royal Farmers Market @ Near the Gazebo at the Village Commons
Front Royal Farmers Market @ Near the Gazebo at the Village Commons
Oct 20 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Front Royal Farmers Market @ Near the Gazebo at the Village Commons
A Farmer’s Market like no other. Come visit us in Front Royal for a festive time. All domestic products produced by the seller!
10:00 am Pumpkin Patch Festival @ Riverton United Methodist Church
Pumpkin Patch Festival @ Riverton United Methodist Church
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Pumpkin Patch Festival @ Riverton United Methodist Church
Riverton Church (55 E. Strasburg Rd, Front Royal, VA 22630) | October 20-21 from 10am-5pm Free, please bring the whole family for this fun filled day!