Yes, a ZeroInbox Is Possible

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When things are coming at you fast, hit back. From keith ellwood’s Flickr photostream

I can totally relate to the overwhelming and unrelenting tides of work. We are all getting hit with hundreds of emails a day. Each of those take attention and create work for us.

It is a chronic problem that is so fundamental to getting things done.

But, we don’t have to simply buckle under the onslaught. We can face it head on and actually create great peace of mind for ourselves while enjoying doing our work. Instead of tyranny from email, we can be focused and work on things that matter to push bigger objectives forward.

But that is hard when you are still struggling to deal with how you interact with information. It’s why I wrote ZeroInbox in the first place.

It’s not ok to give yourself a pass when there are people that execute and move through work with a high level of execution. We all have to make decisions and take action. It’s not on someone else. Using excuses doesn’t work.

Benefits of a ZeroInbox

Getting your inbox process down will pay great dividends. Here are a few reasons why:

  • You give yourself more freedom
  • You can be ready for that emergency you don’t see yet next week
  • Leadership opportunities find you. You aren’t running around with your head cut off.
  • Learning to make decisions becomes a habit
  • You become action-oriented
  • You learn to distinguish what is noise and what is relevant
  • Work becomes fun again

When I coach people on how to adopt a ZeroInbox approach, I still get a kick out of the freedom and focus I see people gain. They get out of their own way, start living more fully and get work done with grace under pressure.

It is possible. There are too many people that have figured it out.

Email is not dead. It is how we work. So why not solve the problem once and for all?