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Monthly Inbox Zero – 1

July 2, 2018 – October 5, 2018

Photo by antifluor. CC BY 2.0.

How might we...

How might I better manage my email?

Hypothesis

Two months of Inbox Zero a month at a time will enable me to get a handle on my email overall.

Design

Goals:

  • Better follow-through
  • Better prioritization
  • Manage overwhelm / anxiety

This is basically a test in chunking email management. Rather than DMZ my email (which I’ve tried before), I’m committing to being at Inbox Zero at the end of each month for that month and the previous month only. In other words, by August 1, 2018, I should have zero emails from June and July 2018 in my inbox.

This not only means I’m caught up for that month, but it also means I’m gradually shrinking my inbox (versus doing Monthly Inbox Zero only, which would keep my inbox at more or less its current size).

I’ll try this for three months to see how it goes.

Metrics

At the beginning of each month, measure and record inbox size for previous two months. First record is the baseline.

At the end of three months, how close am I to Inbox Zero for the previous six months?

Potential things to track in the future:

  • Inbox size continuously
  • Overwhelm / anxiety
  • Followthrough / prioritization

Learnings

Decisions

Questions

Hashtag #monthlyinboxzerominusone
Accountable Eugene
Team Eugene
Documents Design + Log
Modified June 22, 2018

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Updates

The good thing about this experiment is that it’s made me much more conscious about pruning my email. July was a tough month for me. With the 2.0 launch of the DIY Strategy / Culture toolkits as well as the launch of my coaching workshops, I got a lot of email, and wasn’t able to zero out this month. On the upside, my April and May inboxes both shrunk substantially, and my June inbox went to zero.

#monthlyinboxzerominusone

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