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.

Enjoyed this article?

More insight and resources delivered in our newsletter. Sign up below to receive site updates.

About the author: Prescott Perez-Fox

Prescott Perez-Fox is a graphic designer, brand developer, and educator with 18+ years experience in branding, packaging, graphic design, and web design. He runs The Busy Creator.

Share This Article

Comment on This Article

Similar Articles

Pro Tip for Using Google to Compare Software Tools

Pro Tip for Using Google to Compare Software Tools

Google is smart. Use that to your advantage.

Common Mistakes in Staying Organised

Common Mistakes in Staying Organised

Three studio-changing ideas to keep you tight and tidy

How I Finally, Finally, Finally, (Finally) Put Aside My iPod

How I Finally, Finally, Finally, (Finally) Put Aside My iPod

The technology and workflow that allowed me to switch to an iPhone after so many years.

Field Report: How Armin Vit & Joel Duggan Structure Their Mornings

Field Report: How Armin Vit & Joel Duggan Structure Their Mornings

There is no right way, but there are key components