By Arielle Mullen

Consider the following: in 2018, there were over 139 billion emails sent and received every single day. That's billion with a "b". If reading that statistic made your blood pressure rise and wonder how many emails have piled up in your inbox in the last few minutes, you're not alone. For most of us who rely on email as their primary mode of communication, the thought of checking email at 8am on Monday is a task guaranteed to induce stress.

The concept of Inbox Zero was originally created by writer and productivity guru, Merlin Mann. Contrary to popular belief, the "Zero" in Inbox Zero doesn't refer to always maintaining an empty inbox. Instead it's meant to reference the amount of time an employee's brain is in their inbox. The core principles developed by Mann are fairly simple: 

  • Keep email software closed for the majority of the workday
  • When processing email, use the principle of delete, delegate, respond, defer, or do
  • Always respond immediately if an email can be answered in two minutes or less

If streamlining your inbox is an appealing idea to you, check out our newest Productivity Moment Video! In just a few short minutes you'll learn the fundamentals of how to get started with Inbox Zero.


If you're interested in learning more about Inbox Zero or how you can boost your overall workplace productivity, we suggest attending one of our upcoming Productivity Series events

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