Envelope designed by Ana María Lora Macias from the Noun Project

Envelope designed by Ana María Lora Macias from the Noun Project

What if our inboxes weren’t so conveniently accessible? You know, what if we had to walk down the hallway or to another floor to retrieve emails? Would we check our inbox so frequently? 

The Sparkline provides some much-needed perspective about email:

Treat your email inbox like a physical mailbox. You don’t go out to your mailbox box ten times a day, grab a few things from it to deal with and leave the rest sitting there. Treat your digital inboxes the same way. Open them and process them to zero at least a few times a week, if not daily.

Perception is everything and perceiving our inboxes differently might be the trick to reducing email anxiety.

Read the rest of The Sparkline‘s post here.  

  • Sarah Peterson

    Great advice. I find that the less you check your email, the less email you get, and the more coworkers or whoever actually come talk to you face-to-face about something urgent. The way it should be!

  • http://www.credotechnologygroup.com Eric Johnson

    I find that I am in the bad habit of using my unread email as a to-do list, and even ask people to send me an email so I won’t forget what they were asking for.🙂

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