Yesterday was my last working day of 2015. My main achievement? Reaching “inbox zero” and having no outstanding messages. I crowed about it on Facebook and Twitter because I was so excited.
But why? Is it really that big a deal?
Well… yes, at least for me. Normally I have one or two dozen messages in my inbox. These are the “to do” emails that require some sort of follow-up. They’re a reminder of what still needs attention and that the job is never done. Once they’re done, I archive them for reference.
Lately, I’ve been able to keep the number of emails below ten, which is less an indicator of my ability to stay on top of things and more a reflection of the ebb and flow of my responsibilities. Right now it’s at low tide. Let’s say that’s due to the holiday season.
But zero emails means I’ve managed to complete, schedule, or delegate everything. And to do so at the end of the year has a cleansing feel to it, like I’ve crossed off and closed out everything, and am ready to face the next twelve months. Not everything is in place as I’d like, but it’s getting there. Overall, inbox zero is a pretty great place to be at the moment.