[Podcast] Ep93: How to Escape Your Email (And Finally Achieve Inbox Zero)

I’m going to be honest with you: Email is killing your productivity. I know it’s tempting to believe that you’re important because your inbox is overflowing, and even better you get to look busy as you run around the office frantically responding to other people’s requests. But there is a huge difference between being “busy” and being “productive,” and in this episode Asian Efficiency expert Zack Sexton and I walk you through many different options for escaping your inbox and taking back your life.

We talk about different strategies to get yourself to inbox zero, a bunch of cool apps, filters, and tricks to organize incoming email, and most importantly we break down the systems that Zack teaches over at Asian Efficiency to manage email for good. I can confidently say that learning how to tame my inbox is the the largest contributing factor determining how productive I have become. And I want to share all of my strategies with you.

If you want to learn more about managing your email, Zack and the Asian Efficiency team will be hosting a free webinar.

Click here to learn more and register for the webinar on October 11th.

Topics of Conversation:

  • How much time do you lose checking email?
  • Addressing FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) and other causes of losing your time to email
  • Keeping your creative flow active and distraction-free
  • Common bad email habits that you need to be aware of
  • Declaring “email bankruptcy” to become more productive
  • Using filters to clean up your inbox
  • How to handle email on your mobile device
  • Determining which messages are actionable as a first step towards time management
  • Combating the cultural expectation for busyness with email organization

Useful Links:

Asian Efficiency Webinar: Escape Your Email

FiP Ep23: Hacking Your Productivity with Zack Sexton

FiP Ep38: Task Management and Establishing Rituals

FiP Ep51: Minimizing Paperwork to Maximize Creativity

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FiP Q&A Submission

FiP Activity Groups

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Managing Your Email

Managing Email on Mobile

Getting Your Inbox to Zero

Email Timer

Overcoming FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)

Eliminating Email Ping Pong

Corporate Email Culture

Writing Better Emails

Asian Efficiency’s Simple Guide to Email

Guest Bio:

Zachary is the host of The Productivity Show podcast. When he’s not recording a podcast, he’s responsible for working with Asian Efficiency clients and helping them with their productivity and business challenges.

Zack is a teacher, meditator, skier and non-recovering business, caffeine and productivity junkie. With an appetite for new experiences and drive to broaden his understanding of the world, nothing gives him more pleasure than showing people the useful tools and techniques he has personally crash-tested.

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Jakin Rintelman, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of the THAT STUDIO podcast network.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.

Zack Arnold (ACE) is an award-winning Hollywood film editor (Cobra Kai, Empire, Burn Notice, Unsolved, Glee), a documentary director, father of 2, and the creator of the Optimize Yourself program. He helps ambitious creative professionals and entrepreneurs DO better and BE better. “Doing” better means learning how to more effectively manage your time, your energy, and your creativity so you can produce higher quality work in less time (and ultimately become a productivity ninja). “Being” better means doing all of the above while still prioritizing the most important people, things, and passions in your life…all without sacrificing your health (or sanity) in the process. Click to download Zack’s “Ultimate Guide to Optimizing Your Creativity (And Avoiding Burnout).”