I wrote the book, ZeroInbox, a few years ago to help business clients with a fundamental bottleneck in their workflow, their inbox.
I have trained executives, teams and workshop attendees on this methodology to increase speed, clarity and consistency in managing the relentless flow of email in business.
I think a lot of people simply give up because they feel overwhelmed and end up having thousands of emails in their inbox.
You miss a lot of opportunities, become unreliable, and bottleneck projects when you can’t manage your inbox effectively.
I would say that email is our work when it comes to knowledge work. It’s ubiquitous and a tool that each person knows how to use without extensive training in a specialized system like a CRM or ERP software tool.
And the better you can manage your inputs and outputs, the higher impact you can have getting things done.
Furthermore, you can take advantage of opportunities that you just can’t seem to get to or entertain because you are clear, ready and action-oriented.
When you are cluttered, it’s hard to make space for the bigger opportunities.
If you feel stressed or can’t seem to get on top of your email, then you have a process problem. It’s solvable. But you have to want to solve the problem.
Peace of mind is possible. This is a fundamental piece of getting to the higher level good stuff in your work. Don’t let it get in the way.