I spend exactly 1 minute a day on email. That’s right, only one minute. I used to be like most office drones, spending endless hours each day churning through boring and repetitive emails. It ate up my time like a frat boy at a Chipotle free burrito giveaway.
Until I discovered one simple secret.
The key is to dig deeper and truly understand the problem. Use the Amish drill down technique to move past the emails themselves and into the essence of their place in your inbox. When you do this, you realize that the problem is not you, or the emails, or even having enough time. The problem is other people.
Other people leeches, and they want to suck you dry. Each email they send is a tiny proboscis, searching for a way to latch onto your brain. Answering an email is just a way of letting them get a grip and start sucking cerebral fluid. Once they latch on, they don’t let go.
The Amish Book of Lore says that leeches must be treated with “coals of oake heated from noone until duske”. Following this advice the village blacksmith would dump a bucket of hot coals on the afflicted, killing the leach instantly and cauterizing the wound. We can’t use fire in this case, but we do have something better. The delete key.
Yes, the delete key is the answer to all of your email problems. Find the little checkbox to select all your emails, click it, and then click the delete button. Goodbye other people and goodbye problems. Inbox clear, problem solved. Now you can go about your business with peace of mind.
As always, if you have any ideas or suggestions on how to improve on my inbox freedom technique, be sure to let me know. I love to hear from my readers, just send me an email.