11 steps to clean up your inbox
Apply the 'E-mail Two-Minute Rule': Tips
- View each e-mail, in order, from top to bottom, or bottom to top. Resist the temptation to pick and choose the next e-mail you will view. Picking and choosing wastes time.
- Using the Two-Minute Rule, start at the top and handle the item until it is out of your inbox. Then go to the next until your inbox is empty again.
- Don't become distracted by a low priority message. Sometimes you assume that responding to the message wont take long, only to find yourself still working on it 20 minutes later. The rule stops this trap.