What does an e-mail weigh? Nothing, you say, it’s just bits in a computer somewhere.
Wrong. Each e-mail you allow to pile up in your inbox is weighing you down. It’s another item on your to-do list, in addition to all the other to-do lists you have lying around on post-it notes and in half-heartedly maintained task management systems.
Every e-mail in your inbox is an open loop and a load on your brain. You need to establish a procedure for getting your inbox to zero every day. You don’t have to do everything, but you need to have processed everything and have placed it into a system where you are sure nothing gets lost.
Personally, I’m using SaneBox to help me keep my inbox empty, but any procedure or tool is good. Free your mind, empty your inbox.