But let me start with this little warning and a subsequent challenge: I know everybody's inboxes are already full of things to read, things to do and things to delete so before you go adding more things to your inboxes, because you'll want to add the things I'm going to share with you, I challenge you to an inbox clean up!
Oh my! Beside meditation, the inbox clean up I did last week is THE BEST thing I've done to free up space in my mind and heart. I feel more on top of what needs action, what needs deletion and in the times I want a pep up or to read something inspiring, I've organised myself a "To Read" Folder.
So here's how to accept my challenge of an inbox clean up:
Step 1: Be Brutal
You know those newsletters you've signed up to which you had all intentions of reading but if you're honest, you NEVER open their emails. Well UNSUBSCRIBE! The ones that you occasionally open, if they write some good copy that appeals to you, keep those (and I'll show you what to do with those later) but if you never read them UNSUBSCRIBE! And that includes my newsletter too.
Your time is important and even 2 seconds of your time seeing an email drop into your inbox that you know you'll never read is wasted time. 20 seconds wasted every day for 10 unread emails is 161 hours over a life time (assuming that you'll live to 80, hopefully even longer!) Thats almost a total week of your precious life wasted on something you know you wont read anyway.
Be brutal. Unsubscribe.
Step 2: Get Honest
Start at the oldest emails and DELETE. Now I use gmail as my email "holder" for firstname.lastname@example.org and so I started with the oldest, "selected all" and then unclicked any emails I needed to keep for action or for reference or to read later. Delete, delete, delete!
Now get honest with yourself: is this email something you will actually, most definitely, without a doubt use later? Is it something for Tax or a Password or something you refer to regularly? If so, keep, if not DELETE! Same goes for things you want to read later. Will you actually, truly ruley, absolutely have the time to read this email later? Is it something that you will make time for, to come back to? If so, keep (and I'll show you where), if not DELETE!
My inbox went down from 1500 emails to just 160 by using this handy little step and man did it take a load off my mind.
Step 3: Organise
Folders. Yes, don't just keep all of this must action, must read stuff in your inbox. Arrange it into folders.
Admin, Bschool, Design, Document Templates, Follow Up, Ideas Collection, Marketing, Meditation Bookings, Moore Street Classes, Passwords, Payments, Personal, Retreats, Tax Stuff, To Read.
These are mine. Yes it might sound like a lot, but I know exactly where to go if I need something. I now move every email that drops into my inbox into one of these Folders or I press Delete. It keeps my mind and heart free!!
And in those times that I find I need inspiration I go to my "To Read" Folder and I pull out one of these babies that I'll share with you now that you've completed the Inbox Clean Up Challenge:
A few of my favourite things ... on the internet
The Wellness Warrior
The Daily Love
And so they're my favourite things on the Internet right now. I hope after you've taken on the Inbox Clean Up Challenge that you'll check some of them out and that they bring as many smiles and happiness into your life as they do for me. And if you already know a few of these, let me know what you think of them in the comments below. Maybe I've missed some of their gold?!
I've loved sharing with you xx