2.Use your inbox as your inbox
My usual habit with an email is to read it and reply, or read it, mark it ‘unread’, think about it for a while, then stress out every time I look at it. It’s no wonder all my ‘unread’ emails pile up. Burkeman offers four options for dealing with a new email: delete it; archive it; reply then archive it; add a task to a separate to-do list, then archive it. That’s it. I write these four options on a Post-it note taped to my screen to remind me.
WHAT I LEARNED:
Although this does make my to-do list slightly longer, the overall effect is the immense satisfaction of actually clearing my emails. Plus, everything I have to do is now in one place.