Inbox Zero and Productivity

There are days that I feel slow, stuck, unproductive. It feels like there are so many things to do that nothing gets done.

My solution is simple. I commit to Inbox Zero, processing all the emails in my accounts until they are empty clean.

Every email that requires a quick action, under two minutes, gets processed. Every email that requires more effort is converted into a todo item on Things. No exceptions.

Every item I create on Things must have a category, a due date, and a priority.

As soon as the emails are cleared, the feeling of accomplishment takes over and having a well tidy todo list helps focusing the work for the following hours.

Productivity does not get me to Inbox Zero, it’s Inbox Zero that brings back productivity.

Published by Luca Sartoni

I lead three teams of engineers across four continents at Automattic. I love hiking, photography, and 3D printers.

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