Empty That Inbox!

Is actually emptying your inbox before the end of each day a realistic
goal? Yes, says Kelly Forrister, who recommends a short checklist of questions
to help you quickly sort through your messages and tame an unruly inbox:

  • Can you safely delete the item? If the item doesn’t need to be read, saved,
    or require a response, then consider deleting it.
  • Can you do the action that the email requires be done in less than two
    minutes? If you can, try to do the action required immediately.
  • If you cannot do it, can you delegate it? Delegate can also mean handing it
    off sideways—consider whether a colleague could better handle it.
  • If you cannot take care of it immediately, can you defer it? Be aware,
    however, that “deferring” does not mean allowing the item to sink beneath your notice forever!

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

That strategy is from David Allen's book, Getting Things Done which I'm reading right now.

Hafsa said...

Interesting blog...
By the way, I also think Hafsa should be in the dictionary.
Hafsa has so many meanings that it should be recognized by the dictionary. LOL. I guess I am only saying that because my name is also Hafsa. LOL.