How To Conquer Your Overwhelming Email Inbox

Caveat: It’s Not About Your Email

Mastering Email Means Mastering Decision-Making

To Manage Your Email, You Have 3 Options

Multitasking is a Myth: You Can Only Do One Thing at a Time

Applying the 80/20 Rule to Manage Your Email Inbox

Using the Pareto Principle to Get to Inbox Zero

  1. Every time you sign in, process your email according to the 3Ds (Delete, Do, Defer).
  2. Consolidate your current folders. You don’t need more than an inbox and an optional folder.
  3. Create an optional folder by filtering anything with the word “unsubscribe.” This separates the essential from the optional. This way, you are starting with a more streamlined version of your inbox (Thanks Pareto!).
  4. Archive anything older than 14 days. You probably don’t need it anymore.
  5. Attend to the emails that need to/can be processed immediately (ideally 5 minutes or less).

It’s Time To Manage Your Email…And Your Life



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Ari Meisel

Founder — Less Doing /The Replaceable Founder/ Overwhelmologist/Serial Entrepreneur / Ironman / Author / Inventor