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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, 2nd Edition by Michelle Tullier

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Strategies for Taming Email and Reclaiming Your Inbox

When was the last time your work or personal email inbox was empty? How about your inboxes on Facebook, LinkedIn, your blog, or other sites? How many email messages are waiting for a reply from you? Do you compulsively check email on your phone when you should be doing other things?

Email can be both a distraction that causes us to procrastinate—though a necessary distraction, usually—and something we procrastinate about. We put off deleting email we don’t need to keep, filing email we do need to save, answering email that requires a response, or taking action on email that adds to our task list. We also might be slow to take care of projects because our inboxes get so crowded that we can’t ...

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