How I Took Control of My Inbox

I have a TON going on! And in turn, I get a TON of email.

I bet you do too.

Email comes in for the blog. Email comes in for Tag a Towel. Email comes in for my son and all of his school functions. It’s a LOT of dings to my inbox.

I heard of Inbox Zero from Laura Roeder. If you don’t know, I also work with Laura as her “Director of Communications” aka “email guru”. I have for the past two years. Actually, my two year anniversary working with her is tomorrow! (wow!) Laura is FULL of awesome information that helps you work smarter.

A while back as my inbox over at was filling up and swallowing me whole, she shared this YouTube video. It’s Merlin Mann, a productivity guru sharing a super simple but super powerful new way to manage your email.

Watch it! Yes, it’s about an hour. (psst. it’s really 30 minutes of “speaking” then it’s Q&A.)  But it will change the way you work. It will help you work smarter. It will change your life if you, like me, spend a lot of time on email. (don’t we all?!)

So here you go! Inbox Zero!

(p.s. I moved all email to gmail. The archive function alone sold me. Again, another awesome revelation from Laura)


  1. AWESOME Sarah!!!!
    .-= Nicole´s last blog ..Because IM fly =-.

  2. Love this post, it couldn’t have come at a better time! I am drowning in emails! I am your newest subscriber, a mommy livin’ in my own paradise in Venice FL…really is there any other way?
    .-= Annie´s last blog ..Homemade Chalk =-.

  3. WOW, this is exactly what I needed. I’m always in an inbox disaster. Ugg! Blogging makes my inbox insane. I know I’m not alone.
    .-= Louise´s last blog ..A Disney Playhouse- Imagination Movers- Villains Listening Giveaway =-.

  4. Hi Sarah,

    Thanks so much for sharing this – I’d never seen this video before. And you know me, I’m ALL about inbox zero and pimping out Gmail. :D

    I’m going to share this with my readers, too!

    Thanks again,

  5. Love Inbox Zero Sarah! You are the goddess of email…I’m at inbox 10 right now–which is unbelievable! Now, to find out more about the archive function…I don’t usually use that but I’m thinking I should be!

    Thanks for linking to this vid! I wanted to watch it again.

    Anne :)
    .-= Anne´s last blog ..My Interview with Sheila Viers of LiveWell360com =-.

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