Many of us are familiar with the term Inbox Zero, but a recent post reminded me of the source. It all comes from Merlin Mann and his writings from years ago. Here’s a video from 2007 which still holds true.

The problem with email is that it’s convenient for you, but requires more time and energy from the recipient. Ideally, you’re communicating in a method that respects you both, as well as the task or project at hand.

I personally don’t remove items from my inbox to achieve Inbox Zero, but instead use filters and colour-coded category names to sort everything. Nothing is left unread and uncategorised. Same effect.

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About the author: Prescott Perez-Fox

Prescott Perez-Fox is a New York-based graphic designer and brand developer with 17+ years experience in branding, packaging, graphic design, and web design. He runs The Busy Creator.

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