I recently enjoyed a week off work. Popular advice suggests that on such occasions you should set an appropriate out-of-office message, ignore your email and completely disconnect from work concerns. But that’s not what I did. Every morning I took time to go through my email (and go through my RSS feeds). This is why.
Getting to inbox zero doesn’t have to be painful, but it still requires effort. It can seem really impossible when new emails keep arriving as you’re trying to get through old emails. Rory Vaden, writing for Fast Company, recommends going offline to solve this problem.
I casually announced on Twitter and Facebook yesterday that I had 600 emails to get through before my inbox was empty. The most popular response? I should select everything and hit delete. This is why I didn’t.