Maintain Inbox Zero Daily With This Flow Chart

Personally, I try to maintain Inbox Zero despite receiving over 500 emails on a daily basis. That’s zero unread emails — that’s right, I address every single email sent to me every morning. And trust me when I say, it’s not easy. It takes me more than an hour to sift through them. All the while receiving even more emails — can you believe it? Fortunately though, I get through them.

With the help of this simple flow chart, almost anyone can achieve Inbox Zero. All it takes is three simple steps. And repeat it 500 times.

Do you believe in maintaining Inbox Zero?

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Comments (13)
  • Peter Kerschbaumer

    Thanks for the nice flow chart. In addition to the Inbox Zero flow, I use two chrome plugins, Todoist and Actioninbox, to keep my peace of mind.

  • Johneth37

    Love to know what Jackson does with his To-Do List. I follow the same philosophy but my To-Do List keeps growing out of control!

    You should be able to deal with this email in less than two minutes.

  • Benjamin Irvine

    Inbox Zero, as I am familiar with it, means zero emails in your inbox. Not zero unread emails. Quite frankly, anything less than zero unread emails, regardless of volume, is weak (my average volume is usually 400 +/- per day).

    Read your mail.

  • Mark

    I really gotta force myself to adhere to this simple yet effective flow-chart, somehow I end up keeping emails that I never really get back to even though I plan to at a later time…

  • Debbie Rosemont

    I’m a Professional Organizer and Productivity Consultant and teach clients a similar decision making process. I would add a question in between your #1 and #2:

    Is this something needing action? Yes – go to questions #2. No – file for reference in your electronic filing system (within your email program, on your personal drive or shared drive, depending on your situation). This is assuming you answered yes to #1 and know it is relevant – if it doesn’t require action, then it is relevant information to file for future reference).

    Thanks for the post!

    Debbie Rosemont
    Simply Placed

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