Chapter 1 is titled “Control Your Email,” and honestly, if I never get any deeper into the book, it won’t matter. The book has already paid for itself. Trapani says, “An inbox full of read messages does you no favors” and goes on to suggest a three-folder method for handling all email.
Just three folders? Gulp. I started to get very nervous.
But she made sense, and I was desperate. I swallowed my fear and took a great big leap into a new email paradigm. Now, for over a week, I’ve been able to keep my inbox at zero.
Oh, I still have issues to deal with from the backlog of messages that were in there before, some from August 2008! But those items now exist on my To Do list, not in my inbox. Brilliant! When I check my email, I no longer get that sick, overwhelmed feeling as I see all those lingering messages. I’ve been able to handle the new messages like my old self. I need to attack the To Do list, but that feels doable and only slightly intimidating.
I know a week isn’t that long, but it’s about seven days longer than I’ve had this sort of success before. If you’re at war with your inbox, you may want to check out Trapani’s book. A new paradigm really can make a difference.