My email inbox has zero messages in it. None. Zilch. Zip. Nada. Why? Nobody sends me messages. Well, not quite but that might be preferable compared to some of the dribble that comes my way via email. My inbox has zero messages in it because I subscribe to Merlin Mann's InboxZero method.
It goes a little something like this:
Your inbox is not a to-do list. Items should arrive in your inbox and then be immediately processed. You really only need three or four folders to squirrel all that email away. Beyond the inbox, something along the lines of "archive", "action", and "hold" should do the trick. So much has been written in this area that I am not going to regurgitate it here. Take these links and read up. Wouldn't you like to be staring at an inbox with zero messages in it? It's a great feeling, trust me.
Merlin has found so much success with his InboxZero method that Google asked him to speak recently: