What does a four-hour workweek, a UFO and inbox zero have in common?
For people who have never worked only four hours a week, seen a UFO or reached inbox zero, these are mythical. These are things that do not exist.
Ask Tim Ferriss about whether a four-hour work week exists. He’ll tell you it’s possible. You can read how he did it here.
Several people worldwide have claimed to see UFOs. I’m not one of them so for me, they are mythical. However, I will not call someone a liar. To those who claimed to have seen UFOs, they certainly do exist.
Ask most professionals about how often they reach inbox zero and they will say it has never happened. The only way to reach inbox zero without just blatantly deleting all the unanswered email, they would say, is to not have a job.
Is reaching inbox zero possible or is it just a myth. It is possible!
You can follow practices of David Allen, author of Getting Things Done, to reach inbox zero.
You can listen to the podcasts by Manager Tools for tips on achieving inbox zero.
You can figure out your own way to reach inbox zero (yes, you can actually figure it out).
Regardless of whose advice you take, the power is in knowing it’s possible. You can debunk the myth and experience inbox zero for yourself.
Unlike a UFO though, there is a point in debunking the myth of inbox zero. Why should you even care? Here are seven reasons to strive for inbox zero.
1. Reduce stress
2. Become more productive
3. Be less distracted (or more focused)
4. Become better at setting priorities
5. Become better at scheduling of activities and responsibilities
6. Provide better customer service
7. Start fresh each day
It’s a great feeling to empty your inbox and know the next time you open it there will be only new emails to answer. Having a hundred or thousands of emails in your inbox cannot be healthy. There is no way to mentally process what’s in there.
Find the method that works for you to reach inbox zero but know that it is possible. There are benefits to it. It’s not a myth!