Email has been with us for a long time now – it’s approaching 20 years since it became widely used – yet it is still the bane of many people’s working lives.
Yes, email is a handy tool. But it’s also an enormous time waster. It’s bad enough for those of us working in small businesses; it can be a complete nightmare for anyone working in a large corporate-style environment.
There are, of course, a million things you can do to get more efficient at dealing with email. I’ve tried many of them. Unfortunately most of them are hampered by the need for strict – and, for most of us, unsustainable – discipline either on your own behalf or that of the people you communicate with. Or they only work with certain email clients.
Recently, however, that has all changed for me. Thanks to the discovery of two tools – one for my desktop computer and one for my portable devices – I have now reached the fabled state of ‘inbox zero’ (aka #inboxzero) consistently for 14 days in a row.