Inbox zero – if your inbox is out of control, your life is out of control
Life can be overwhelming these days, constantly being bombarded with information and things that require out attention and action everywhere on the internet, facebook, twitter, tv, email, phone calls and chat messages.
Our grandparents may have read 1 newspaper a day to get the information they required. Our parents may have read 1 newspaper and watched the nightly news to get their information for the day.
These days we feel we don’t have time to sit down a read a newspaper or we’re too busy to watch the news at a set time or wait for the information. However we’re now exposed to the equivalent over almost 200 newspapers a day worth of information every day.
We feel information needs to be instant and accessible when it’s convenient for you. We’re constantly trying to stay on top of work and have a personal life as well.
The average time a person stays on a website is about 10 seconds, your website won’t show up on the first page of search results a lot of the time if it loads in more than a second, facebook is now introducing instant articles for news so that you don’t have to wait for it to load. People don’t seconds to wait for access to information, it needs to be instant.
Email overload and why your life is out of control
Websites and sales pages are designed to capture your email address because they know you’ll spend a few seconds on the site then leave and you’ll never come back, so if they can email you they might have a hope of getting you to come back again if only for a few brief wonderful seconds.
It then becomes the same story, you sign up to get a free ebook or gift, that you never read anyway, then they email you every day trying to upsell you or tell you a story about someone who had success with their product/service or providing you an update or new article that you should read. (Except this site, I’ll only email you free money and prizes if you enter your email address in the pop up box)
You think the email could be interesting so you keep it, but don’t want to click on it as you don’t have time to read it not but if you leave it unread then you’ll know to read it later.
10,000 unread emails later you realize you’ll never read any of those emails. It’s like your life has slowly slipped away from you one email at a time.
Each unread email a constant reminder of your failures. Your failure to manage your time, to be productive, to get fit, to keep in touch with friends, to seize the moment or even just to seize a discount on an item you wanted to buy.
You may decide to clear your inbox, to have zero emails in your inbox and achieve “inbox zero” and as you start to delete your emails you will face your failures and missed opportunities.
However, new emails will come in as you delete old ones, you will feel like you are taking 2 steps forward and 1 step backward. You delete a hundred emails and then more come in, you then fear the morning when new emails will sneak in overnight and you will have an inbox full of emails again that require your attention.
You tell yourself you will read them all today but you know you’re lying to yourself again. You think at least you can delete them all, but then you see an email that you think could be interesting so you keep it and the cycle of turmoil and despair repeats itself.
Getting to inbox zero
Your inbox is a reflection of your life and if your inbox is out of control it is reflective of the fact your life is out of control.
I have made a goal to get to inbox zero, to get back in control of my inbox and my life.
You can read about the tools and strategies I will be using to do that in the next step of this goal and use them yourself to achieve inbox zero and take control of your life again: