The inbox habit is deadly unless managed effectively. What you don’t realize is that this inbox habit left uncontrolled will steal your energy second by second. It’s like death by a 1000 cuts versus one big cut.
“Successful people are simply those with successful habits.” – Brian Tracy
What happens is that you constantly peek into your inbox and scan away. You begin scanning for fun subject lines that entice you to open your email. But as you scan, you also see the subject lines that often represent work and further tasks that require your attention. Within minutes you are looking at 100’s of emails. Now you have a decision… which one do you tackle first?
What’s worse is that a growing majority of people read email first on a mobile device. This makes it easy to do nothing with the email and put it back in your pocket or bag until later. Later generally comes when you view the email for a second or third time on a desktop or laptop where you ultimately need to take action on those emails.
The way you manage your inbox is akin to picking up a newspaper, reading the headline and putting down the newspaper. 45 minutes later, you pick up the newspaper, read the headline and scan the article. Later that day, you grab the paper and now read the full article before you toss out the paper into the recycle bin. This is newspaper insanity. You may be laughing right now, but you do this with your inbox.
New Habit -> Next time you scan your email inbox follow the steps on the right each time
This will get you out of the inbox habit of responding to urgent emails all the time and letting your inbox build up until it unleashes a pile of overwhelm like a massive snow avalanche.
Please leave a comment below as to how this works for you. If enough people comment, I will create a free, custom training video showing you how to do this in real-time!
I am a grower of human capability and a business builder. The best part of my life is helping people become stronger and develop their skills, talents and character in order to lead powerful lives. I have had the great privilege to study under some of the greatest minds of business, leadership, health and fitness along with the most talented Martial Arts instructors. My passion is helping people to become even more powerful in life than they already are.
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