zeroing out my inbox

Nothing in the Inbox? Nothing at all?

I read about this a few years ago and have been thinking about it for awhile, but never had the guts to really do it. Then, this week, I’ve got so many emails!

I’ve always had folders, filters, etc… and still thousands of emails in my inbox.

I read them on my phone. Read them on my laptop. Read them on my desktop. Most days, I read them during the day and act on them at night.

Yesterday I had stuff to do and so many emails — with a compulsion to read them all and respond to those that required a response — that it occurred to me that my day was being consumed by email!

So I watched this Merlin Mann video (not the whole hour, but a good bit of it), and I read a few blogs on the topic.

And I did the dirty deed. My inbox is now empty.

I’ve kept it empty all day. After Day One, I’m here to report that… well… it’s pretty cool. An email comes in, and it goes out. So far so good.

It’s so inspiring that I shared with my wife that I think I’ve had a major breakthrough in email. Uh, well, no big deal for her.

If you have any thoughts about this, please leave a comment. No need to email.