Ilios Digital Organizing Blog

12 May 2017

Inbox Hero with Inbox Zero

Be an Inbox Hero with Inbox Zero!

Check out any article on email management and you’ll see the phrase ‘Inbox Zero’. Although it’s a been a concept for many years, the current definition explains that having zero emails in your inbox is a sign of success. But did you know that wasn’t the original intent? Merlin Mann, the guy behind Inbox Zero, didn’t see the zero as a reference to the number of messages in an inbox, but “the amount of time an employee’s brain is in his inbox”.

So how do you go about spending less time in your inbox? Especially when your unread messages are climbing past triple digits. Sorting and clearing out email is rewarding because it is a finite task, you can check it off your daily list, but constantly shuffling and organizing email isn’t necessarily productive.

Too often, people use the inbox as a type of to-do list. Emails that need attention are left in the inbox because it’s a ‘safe’ spot, but as more emails come in, it’s easy for these action items to get lost. The goal of Inbox Zero is to spend less time playing with your email and more time doing stuff. Achieve this by having a strategy for approaching your email inbox.

  • Take back control of your time – turn off email notifications on your computer and mobile devices. Instead of letting email constantly interrupt your day, schedule email breaks throughout the day, and resist the temptation to check in between times.
  • When you do approach your inbox
    • Decide what a message is – Action OR Reference OR Trash
    • Decide what must be done – Trash, Action (2 min task or add to To Do), File into reference
    • Do the task or Delegate the task (Not all emails require an answer)
  • And finally, send the type of emails you want to receive

 


Inbox Zero Tools

 

There are a multitude of tools available these days to help you achieve Inbox Zero – some of which may be part of your current email provider!

Canned Responses /Templates – Create these for your most asked questions, this can take a 5-minute email down to a 2-minute task
Filters – Use these for those frequently mailed items that don’t need immediate attention, but you want to keep to view later.
SaneBox – Filters emails for you, learns your needs the more you use it, starts at $7/mo
Zapier – Use to link your email and your to-do list app; once you decide an email needs action, send it to your task list
Sort’d & Boomerang – Designed for Gmail

Is there an email productivity app you love? Let me know – either here or over on Facebook!

 

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12 May 2017

Inbox Hero with Inbox Zero

Be an Inbox Hero with Inbox Zero!

Check out any article on email management and you’ll see the phrase ‘Inbox Zero’. Although it’s a been a concept for many years, the current definition explains that having zero emails in your inbox is a sign of success. But did you know that wasn’t the original intent? Merlin Mann, the guy behind Inbox Zero, didn’t see the zero as a reference to the number of messages in an inbox, but “the amount of time an employee’s brain is in his inbox”.

So how do you go about spending less time in your inbox? Especially when your unread messages are climbing past triple digits. 

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25 April 2017

How Chrome Extensions Can Save You Time & Money!

Browser Extensions:

More fun, more function!

You might have heard someone raving about a Chrome or Firefox extension and wondered, what’s that all about?

Browser Extensions are small software programs that can modify and improve the functionality of your browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome). They can improve productivity, save you money, block advertisements, and even provide a little fun when you log into the web.

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28 March 2017

3 Productivity Apps to Help You Thrive

Recently, I was lucky enough to be offered a guest post opportunity from the fabulous Sara Clark-Williams of Fab Fempreneurs.  So what did I talk about? Productivity and tech, of course. Read on!


Solopreneurs wear many hats today – marketer, networker, chief finance officer, developer, director, and more. We have to learn the technology necessary to do our jobs and sort through five million apps to find the best one for our business. It’s stressful to even try to keep up.

So, what’s the absolute minimum software that you need to keep yourself focused and your business thriving? Productivity apps for content management, task management, and email management are where to start.

Want more details? Check out Sara’s blog!

15 August 2016

Three Ways to Keep Your Data Safe

Although we often think of digital disasters as being a software failure, aka the blue screen of death, there are several other ways we put our digital devices (where our data lives) at risk. These include physical damage from fire/flood/accidental destruction, theft, and malware or a virus. What can you do to keep your valuable information safe?

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11 January 2016

Data Here – Data There – Data Everywhere Resources

Data Here – Data There – Data Everywhere!

Resources from January 2016 Presentation to NAPO-SD, creator April Merritt, MLIS; all rights reserved

 

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19 May 2015

Windows 8.1& You

Windows 8.1

frustrated girlThose words stop us in our tracks. We frown and cross our arms. Windows 8.1 looks weird. There isn’t a Start button. Why can’t we close a program? We just don’t like it and it’s too much work to figure out something so radically different.

Continue Reading

Ilios Digital Organizing Blog

12 May 2017

Inbox Hero with Inbox Zero

Be an Inbox Hero with Inbox Zero!

Check out any article on email management and you’ll see the phrase ‘Inbox Zero’. Although it’s a been a concept for many years, the current definition explains that having zero emails in your inbox is a sign of success. But did you know that wasn’t the original intent? Merlin Mann, the guy behind Inbox Zero, didn’t see the zero as a reference to the number of messages in an inbox, but “the amount of time an employee’s brain is in his inbox”.

So how do you go about spending less time in your inbox? Especially when your unread messages are climbing past triple digits. 

Read More

25 April 2017

How Chrome Extensions Can Save You Time & Money!

Browser Extensions:

More fun, more function!

You might have heard someone raving about a Chrome or Firefox extension and wondered, what’s that all about?

Browser Extensions are small software programs that can modify and improve the functionality of your browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome). They can improve productivity, save you money, block advertisements, and even provide a little fun when you log into the web.

Read More

28 March 2017

3 Productivity Apps to Help You Thrive

Recently, I was lucky enough to be offered a guest post opportunity from the fabulous Sara Clark-Williams of Fab Fempreneurs.  So what did I talk about? Productivity and tech, of course. Read on!


Solopreneurs wear many hats today – marketer, networker, chief finance officer, developer, director, and more. We have to learn the technology necessary to do our jobs and sort through five million apps to find the best one for our business. It’s stressful to even try to keep up.

So, what’s the absolute minimum software that you need to keep yourself focused and your business thriving? Productivity apps for content management, task management, and email management are where to start.

Want more details? Check out Sara’s blog!

15 August 2016

Three Ways to Keep Your Data Safe

Although we often think of digital disasters as being a software failure, aka the blue screen of death, there are several other ways we put our digital devices (where our data lives) at risk. These include physical damage from fire/flood/accidental destruction, theft, and malware or a virus. What can you do to keep your valuable information safe?

Read More

11 January 2016

Data Here – Data There – Data Everywhere Resources

Data Here – Data There – Data Everywhere!

Resources from January 2016 Presentation to NAPO-SD, creator April Merritt, MLIS; all rights reserved

 

Read More

19 May 2015

Windows 8.1& You

Windows 8.1

frustrated girlThose words stop us in our tracks. We frown and cross our arms. Windows 8.1 looks weird. There isn’t a Start button. Why can’t we close a program? We just don’t like it and it’s too much work to figure out something so radically different.

Read More