It's the beginning of the year - are you still mired in your cluttered inbox? By archiving your yearly backlog and starting fresh, you can clear your mind for a brand new start. Get-It-Done Guy explains how.
Since this is the start of a new year, do something radical.
So I decided to try out FastMail.com. My friends had raved about its speed and convenience. Plus it's located in a country that respects privacy (aka, Australia) and isn't subject to laws that require it to hand over my entire life's communication to shadowy government agencies with no warrant, without any notice to me.
Turn off email notifications and schedule times to check your inbox.
I'll spare you the raves about their service. Let's just say that for $40/year, I actually get technical support, great performance, documentation that isn't a hodge podge of mediocre web pages and support forums to wade through, a web app that looks like a competent programmer and UI designer spent time working on it, a mobile app that's speedy and easy to use, and privacy. Yay!
But the most unexected benefit was the actual switch of providers.
Emptiness Is Bliss
You see, when I fired up FastMail for the first time, my new inbox was empty. Yes, that's right. Empty. I don't think I recall a truly empty email inbox in living memory. My inbox was empty. My new "to be dealt with later" folder was empty. Everything was empty. It felt wonderful!
So the moral of the story is - if you have messages in your inbox, delete them. Yeah, just like that. Empty your inbox. I had 3,000 messages in my old provider's inbox. My new inbox had none. Empty yours. Then just stare at it for a few minutes. Feel the power, the energy, and the renewed sense of life that courses through your bloodstream. And perhaps even more importantly, notice how free your mind feels. If you're like me, you'll actually feel your creativity, resourcefulness, and energy expanding.