Could an Inbox Health Check save your (email) sanity?

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Take a deep breath … how healthy is your inbox?

You want to make a positive impact on the world. You want to be out there making that impact, not tied to your inbox all day, feeling overwhelmed and annoyed by what the electronic mailman has delivered. 

Your inbox can be a HUGE time drain, sapping you of energy + distracting you from the projects you need want to be working on. 

Just the idea of opening your inbox can fill you with dread. “How many new emails today? Who’s making demands of me now? How can I deal with this inbox so I can get on with my real work?”

 

You probably fall into one of two email camps…

1. You bury your head in the sand. Instead of responding to important emails on time, you sometimes let them sit there for days. Opportunities go begging, your colleagues think you’re ignoring them, and you blame yourself for not being on top of it.

2.You’re on inbox high alert! In order to avoid missing anything, you’re constantly hovering over your inbox. You notice every single email the moment it comes in. For the most part, this helps you stay on top of your inbox … but at what cost? You can’t get anything productive done. You feel like you’re always playing catch-up. And, with all the interruptions, you struggle to get in the flow in your workday. 

Have you ever thought “If it weren’t for all this email, I would actually enjoy this job?” Your inbox can cost you not just opportunities and money, but a whole lot of energy too. And it can drain your enthusiasm for the work that you’re so passionate about.

 

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Email is a great servant but a terrible, terrible master

Regardless of which camp you find yourself in, if your day is dictated by your inbox, it’s time to take back control.

These are some common symptoms that indicate you’ve become a slave to your own inbox. Do you:

• check your email compulsively throughout the day?

• use email as a distraction when you’re bored or overwhelmed?

• cruise your inbox by skim reading the interesting messages but ignoring the rest?

• double-handle some emails and/or forget to respond to others?

It might be tempting to ignore the growing number of emails in your inbox or deny the ever-increasing stress you’re feeling about it. Unfortunately, if you just shut your eyes and refuse to do anything about it, the problem only continues to grow. (No matter how hard you hope, it certainly won’t get better on its own!)

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So what’s really going on with your inbox?

I’m currently offering free Inbox Health Checks to 14 people. These Health Checks are 45 minute, one-on-one sessions where we work together to:

• Get a big-picture overview of your inbox health so you can tackle it with ease

• Discover the 4 Healthy Inbox Principles that will guide to you Email Fitness

• Prioritise which of the 4 Healthy Inbox Principles you’ll take action on first

I usually charge $120 for this session. But for a limited time, I’m offering it at no cost.

 

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Is this session what you’re looking for?

The Free Inbox Health Check is perfect for you if you’re committed to making a positive impact in the world in your work and you:

• Feel overwhelmed with your inbox

• Need to know there’s hope and a practical solution

• Desperately want relief from email stress

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“The thing I liked most about the Inbox Health Check was being supported to focus attention on myself (and my inbox).

“It was also nice to know that I’m not the only one who struggles with email overload!

“Going through the Health Check steps made lots of things visible – like how many things I’m subscribed to that I don’t need, and that I’m keeping things I don’t need.

“Just signing up for the free session motivated me to start working on my inbox. Before I even turned up, I had removed 1000 emails!

“I appreciate your tips, Erin (like suggesting me not to connect my email to my phone unless it’s really necessary). And I liked the deep questions you asked, particularly about what a healthy relationship with my inbox would look like.”

Toni Spencer

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A bit about me

Profile photo: Erin O'BrienMy name is Erin and I’m Chief Encouragement Officer here at Activate28. I’ve helped countless changemakers with their inbox health.

I even cured a client with over 29,000 emails in her inbox. I’m confident I can help you too.

I love working online because it’s convenient for both of us — no travelling time or parking hassles. And wherever you are in the world, you can connect from the comfort of home or office. (I’m in Sydney, by the way. And you?)

For these sessions, I use webinar software that allows me to share my screen with you, which is especially great if you’re a visual learner.

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What you leave the session with

There are 3 things you’ll get from the Inbox Health Check:

  • 4 Healthy Inbox Principles and which one(s) you need to focus on
  • 1 ready-to-implement action item (from my master list of 30+ best email practicesthat will help save you at least 10 minutes a day
  • An Inbox Bootcamp invitation 

 

Your free Inbox Health Check is a chance to see if Inbox Bootcamp is right for you. Inbox Bootcamp is a paid program that saves you between 1 and 8 weeks of time per year that you would otherwise whittle away on your email. What would an extra 1-8 weeks per year mean to you?

 

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Yep, that’s right. Save yourself 10 minutes a day = 50 mins a week = 40 hours per year = 1 work week. If you waste 10 minutes on email each day, you’re throwing away an entire week each year.

During the free Inbox Health Check, I’ll share one simple email tip that will save you at least 10 minutes a day. If you want to create even more time for yourself, you’re welcome to sign up for the full Inbox Bootcamp program.

 

“I hadn’t realised how much impact my email was having on me – I’d got so used to it that it became almost ‘natural’. And yet after talking to Erin and going through her Inbox Health Check process I can really feel the pressure of it all. I see now that my email is not ‘natural’ at all, it’s an insidious thing that’s threatening to consume me.

“I feel overwhelmed whenever I go into my inbox and see loads and loads of emails. And because I don’t want to miss anything, I check it constantly. It feels never-ending. It’s especially hard when there’s lots of emails to reply to, or lots of actions to take. That can really take up a lot of time and drain my energy.

“On one hand, email is almost bittersweet – sometimes I actually LIKE being interrupted from what I should be doing, so it can be a good distraction. It’s frustrating though if I’m trying to concentrate, and new emails keep coming in, buzzing for my attention.

“Doing the Inbox Health Check today was really helpful because I can now see a way out. I get it now – the whole inbox thing is doable and I can give up being a slave to it! I just need to put Erin’s suggestions into practice.”

Ann Brown, happybeingyou.com

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So, are you ready?

If this feels like a good fit for you, fill out the form below. Once I receive your application, and if there are spaces still available, I’ll send you a link to my online calendar and you can book your session.

Got any questions? Use the form below for those too. Don’t hesitate to reach out!

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