“I’ve been fighting a losing battle against my inbox for 4 or 5 years…I was having serious problems with losing urgent emails. I was just lost in all the clutter.”
Emily spends her days encouraging space enthusiasts to explore the final frontier. But somehow she kept getting lost in the outer limits of her inbox.
As the senior editor and planetary evangelist for the Planetary Society—a nonprofit organization dedicated to space research and exploration—Emily blogs about everything from drilling on Mars to the moons that orbit Pluto. She also writes about space science for Sky & Telescope Magazine. From the latest planetary news to emails from her nonprofit’s membership base, she’s got a lot to keep track of.
Staring into the vastness of space? Fascinating. Staring into her inbox? Terrifying.
- The key to a powerful flow is to reduce the number of incomplete things in your life.
- You have a huge level of control over your email if you choose to take hold of it
- Email is not broken we just use it the wrong way. The trick is triage.
- It is a mistake to think that by leaving an important email in your inbox you will handle it.
Guest post by Bill Liao, Co-founder of CoderDojo.com and Indie.Bio, Founder of WeForest.org
Motivation is like a well spring, it flows from deep within you and flows strongest when you are in a mindful flow state during your day.
Every incomplete thing in your awareness disturbs your flow which then has the knock on effect of reducing / killing your motivation.
The key then to a powerful flow is to reduce the number of incomplete things in your life.
Most people see external causes for the incomplete things in their lives and thus each new incompletion is doubly disempowering.
Email on the surface looks like the ultimate, uncontrollable, external influence.
The truth is far different. You have a huge level of control over your email if you choose to take hold of it.
Meet Vanessa: One-stop marketing shop by day, volunteer firefighter on the weekend
As a freelance marketing professional, Melissa juggles everything from business development and graphic design to media outreach and event planning for a client roll that includes the seventh-largest healthcare system in the United States. As the wife of a career firefighter—and a volunteer herself—she juggles a demanding schedule at home.
Busy does not begin to describe Vanessa. Staying organized helps her hold it all together—at least it did, until her silently mushrooming email inbox threatened to overwhelm her.
I think a lot of us have a bad relationship with email. Be honest, how many times have you spent all day in email, feeling productive, only to realize later that you haven’t accomplished anything meaningful? I know I have. We compulsively check and manage our email, wasting valuable time on things that don’t matter.