The importance of keeping your inbox empty

Empty inbox, 1 Starbucks card

The more stuff that’s in your inbox, the larger the mental block becomes.

Yesterday, I didn’t completely empty my inbox. So what? If you don’t process your inbox on a regular basis, you won’t know of ticking time bombs.

I did shred a lot of stuff and filed a few things, so that was good.

Tip: A lot of stuff can be filed, shredded or thrown away immediately. If it can skip your inbox, that’ll help immensely.

Tomorrow and Friday, I don’t have to go to the office. My supervisor will be going on vacation start next Tuesday for essentially two weeks. So, it’s imperative that I process everything in there so I know what I need to take care of before he leaves. Once he’s gone, I need to be at the office everyday until he returns. (I work part-time.)

I’m much better at work. With my supervisor’s help, we got rid of a lot of stuff from my office (e.g. old computers, broken monitors, broken printers). My work email account is in tip-top shape.

See that picture? I was there before…it’ll happen again tomorrow. Oh yes.

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan is a Trust & Safety Wrangler at Automattic. He's also a photographer, card magician, and cat whisperer. (Thanks to my friend and colleague Steve Blythe for the sweet photo!)

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