Hundreds or (shudder) thousands of unread emails getting you down? You’re not alone— entrepreneurs are particularly susceptible to inbox overload. Here’s one way to clear your to-read list.
(Illustrations: Graham Roumieu)
Step 1: Set aside a day to deal with your backlog. Yes, a day. Put on a pot of coffee and dive in.
Step 2: Read each email. Tag those requiring action, archive those you need and pitch the rest.
Step 3: Resist the urge to reply as you go. That’s the ad hoc approach that got you into this mess.
Step 4: When your unreads get to zero, polish a “forgive the lateness” caveat and start responding.