Inbox Zero and Why It Matters

January 17, 2017 By

So much hullabaloo about whether or not it really matters whether you have inbox zero. Naysayers think it’s a waste of time and doesn’t make a difference. Others say that if you have inbox zero it means that you don’t have a life or aren’t spending your time wisely.

Then of course there are those who are drowning under 8, 9, 10,000 emails in their inbox and secretly wishing someone would send them a lifeline.

Here’s why it matters and why it’s a priority for me in 2017…

This is a screenshot from my phone and I cannot even describe how amazing it feels to see that little happy sunshine. I have no mail!

[Ha, it’s the polar opposite of the sentiment in “You’ve Got Mail” when Kathleen is excited about getting mail.]

That little smiling sunshine actually brightens my day considerably and gives me a dopamine rush of energy and excitement. It’s serious motivation for me to keep the string of inbox zero going.

The opposite? Unanswered emails are like toxic weight. People joke about the high number of messages languishing in their inbox, but secretly there is a mental cost to thinking about having to deal with them all. Once the email count reaches a few thousand, hopelessness and despair set in. You are forced to take drastic measures and probably don’t like your options.

So tell me my friends… what’s you email inbox count? Do you feel it weighing you down? Do you have a plan for climbing out from under the toxic weight of it all?