How’s the Chi energy flowing in your email inbox?
I realized recently that mine had gotten out of control: filled with emails I didn’t need, unsorted, and dating back years.
It occurred to me that I didn’t even know what I had, a classic example of Feng Shui Clutter Type #3: things that are untidy or disorganized.
My inbox had bad Feng Shui!
As I examined this situation more closely I realized its consequences: overlooked business opportunities, missed deadlines (or very close calls!), and dropped balls of all kinds.
Email is like Water: it never stops flowing. The idea is to let it flow while giving it firm boundaries, not damming it up or allowing it to become stagnant.
I’ve been working on my inbox for a couple of months now and the Chi is flowing again. If yours has gotten out of control, here are a few Feng Shui-based principles that will help you correct its course.
- Keep Chi energy moving by dealing with every email you receive each day by the end of that day, either by answering it, deleting it, or placing it into a category folder.
- Create structure by setting up category folders for emails you need to keep: the folders you need will become apparent as you deal with your mail. Mine include things like Client Info, Public Speaking, Receipts & Invoices… you get the idea.
- Reduce the stagnant energy of your backlog of emails. My inbox had over 2,000 unsorted emails in it before I started; it’s now at 400 and falling, as I continue to delete unnecessary items and sort the rest into categories.
Your email inbox is one of the necessities of modern life, and its condition counts just as much as any part of your environment.
What are your favorite tips for keeping it under control?
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