We live in an era of INFORMATION OVERLOAD. I bet you feel it too.
And hey, full disclosure – I know that I contribute to this. I run an information-based learning business and I communicate with people via Facebook, Instagram, Email. Most modern businesses promote via social media and all of them want to be in your inbox.
You need to RADICALLY protect your online spaces. It’s like inviting people into your home. But even more personal – these messages, personas, groups, videos etc infiltrate your brain – your expectation of what is normal – your self-esteem!
It’s time to do some clearing out.
So let’s do two things to help manage that inbox
#1 Create folders…..
Anything that can be dealt with in under two minutes I leave in the inbox. Anything that requires a bit more time and requires an action is put into TO ACTION. Once I’ve actioned it I can move it to DEALT WITH.
The best way to clear your inbox is to put all your unread emails right now into UNREAD. And everything that’s left, beyond the past two weeks, is put into FOR LATER (my guess is you’ll never look at these – but keep them there just in case).
You should now have a pretty clear inbox. So as things come in I want you to do the most important step….
#2 Start Unsubscribing
Ask yourself if you still want to be emailed by the person or company and start UNSUBSCRIBING! Clear out – receive less.
This is your digital letterbox. Not sure about you, but we have a NO JUNK MAIL sign on our letterbox. I think about my inbox the same way.
I wonder how this feels for you? Is your inbox representative of your life? Letting so much in that you miss the good stuff?
Feel free to share how you organise your inbox and please post in the Facebook group when you’ve had a go at implementing this system – or a different one? I mostly want to know how it makes you feel!!