The Focused Email Flowchart Helps You Power Through Your Inbox

Can't seem to get a handle on your email inbox no matter how hard you try? This simple flow chart offers a set of rules designed to help you power through your inbox in no time.

(Click the image above for a closer look.)

From a post called Email and Focus and productivity blog How to Get Focused, the chart accompanies a long treatise on email and your relationship with your inbox, asking, for example, whether you're an email farmer or email hunter (they recommend being a farmer). The whole post is worth a read (it actually does have some nice nuggets), but we particularly liked the simplicity of the flow chart above — which is relatively agnostic to whatever email system you use.

Got a different method of processing your inbox that conflicts with the flow chart? Let's hear it in the comments.

Email and Focus [How to Get Focused]


    This is basically the system advocated in Inbox Zero by Merlin Mann - see

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