Take a look at your email inbox now. I can guarantee you’ve got plenty of messages with big, unnerving unread icons next to them. If not, I can absolutely guarantee you’ve got a raft of old emails sitting there which have either been previously dealt with or – let’s be honest – fallen under your radar.
We are overloaded with forms of communication in the modern digital world. Whatsapp, SMS, email, Facebook, Twitter… the list is endless. In fact, most business software, whether it be centred around project management or collaboration, includes some form of instant messaging. As a result, the modern worker is nearly always immediately contactable. Email often gets lost in this noise and, consequently, the work life balance of employees suffers.
‘Inbox Zero’ has become an often used phrase amongst productivity gurus and techies. It means exactly what you’d expect – the seemingly impossible task of emptying your email inbox on a regular basis. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean simply selecting all and hitting the ‘delete’ button; a structured approach to dealing with your emails correctly is a key part of the process, but it is entirely doable.
If you can get into the swing of it, Inbox Zero can improve your life. I promise. Here’s how:
You’ll be on the ball
Email is a distraction. Masses of unread email and the nagging knowledge that your inbox is overflowing is a huge distraction. Clear your inbox and you’ll be able to think freely and be ready for anything your employer or customers throw at you.
You’ll enjoy your job more
Spending hours dealing with emails and deferring the job of responding to the difficult ones will stress you out, plain and simple. Get to the bottom of your inbox, keep it that way, and you’ll be able to focus on the things that matter and push your career forward. If you’re happy at work, you’ll be happy at home. Work life balance restored!
You’ll get home on time
It’s 6.30PM and you still haven’t finished reading unread emails. Sound familiar? There’s no better improvement you can make to your work life balance than getting home on time. A strict Inbox Zero regime will ensure you do.
You’ll own time rather than the other way around
Time runs away. It toys with you and makes you work for it. This isn’t the way it was supposed to be! Your time is your own, surely!? Inbox Zero is one of the most important things you can do in order to restore those lost hours and minutes.