6 Simple Steps to Achieve Inbox Zero

How I Manage an Inbox That Gets about 500 Emails a Day

6 Steps to Inbox Zero

This is a guest post by Heather Baker.  When she’s not embracing real life (offline, sans gadgets), Heather Baker wears her mantle as TopLine Comms founder and CEO with all the enthusiasm you’d expect of a PR pundit and inbound marketing afficionado.

If you’re like me you have a constant stream of emails arriving in your inbox, some of them needing almost immediate attention.

When we first opened shop eight years ago my partner and I had only a small handful of clients to service in our marketing firm. My inbox reflected as much, with daily emails rarely reaching double digits.

As time went by and we started closing more and more pitches, comms increased exponentially. Until one day I opened my laptop and found in excess of 500 emails waiting for me. At that point I realized the time for being reactive had come and gone.

You’ve likely reached that point too.  What we need is a solid, proactive plan for keeping our inbox at zero. I tested a few different approaches before finally landing on this one. It’s as effective as it is simple.

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5 Ways to Choose Happiness

Why Your Attitude Determines Your Reality

Choose Happiness
How is your day going to be today?

Is this going to be another boring day? One that leaves your complaining about work? Or one that runs you ragged?

That doesn’t sound that fun. That sounds like a bad day.

Yet, the secret is that you have a choice. You can let life push you around. Or you can keep your head held high no matter what life throws at you.

Your attitude determines your reality each day.

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5 Tips on Juggling Your Family and Your Business

You Can Have Work-Life Balance


This is a guest post by Dolly Santos. Dolly Santos is an information junkie. She loves researching and learning about new topics. At DollyMath she compiles thoughtful educational articles based on her conscientious analysis of available information.

When you’re a business owner, your business can consume your life.

All fine details that go into running the business divert time and energy from your family. Creating a balance is a necessity if you want to stay sane.

What are some ways you can be successful at business and at home?

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5 Tips to Stop Wasting Time Making Decisions

Stop Procrastinating Decisions and Start Making Them

Wasting Time Making DecisionsWe live in a FOMO world.

Everyone is afraid of “missing out” or being “left out.” We have too many choices and more options than every before.

This can lead to decision paralysis. After all, why make a choice now, if a better option may become available tomorrow.

Are you spending more time pondering decisions, than actually acting on them?

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6 Tips to Help You Work First, so You Can Play at Ease

Don't Confuse Things You Want to Do with Things You Need to Do

Work Frist, play laterYou are supposed to be doing an important project.

When suddenly, you realize that you are doing something else entirely. It’s easy to confuse the things you want to do with the things you need to do.

Before you know it, you have spent hours on mindless, often meaningless, tasks.

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5 Tips to Help Put Meetings in Their Place

Always Put Your Todos Before Your Meetings

Put Meetings in Their PlaceI was talking to a business colleague the other day who was venting that he was spending almost 8 hours a day in meetings.

Curious, I asked, “When are you doing your work, then?”

“That’s my problem! I am not getting to any of it!”

Are you spending your day in meetings instead of doing your work?

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4 Benefits Of Rising Early and How To Master Morning Wake-ups

Get Up Earlier to Increase Your Productivity

4 Benefits of Rising Early

This is a guest post by Sophia Mest. Content Manager at BizDb, she aspires to put her writing passion into practice and spread her words across the world.

Nothing helps to start a day on a productive note like waking up early can.

Rising early in the morning is worth the effort. Becoming an early riser will give you more time to achieve your goals.

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Are You Taking Your Notes in All the Wrong Places?

5 Tips to Keep Your Notes All in One Place

Taking Notes in Wrong PlacesWhere do you take notes?

That is a tough question for many to answer. In fact, a note-taking tool is usually the tool missing from most time management toolkits.

Todo lists, calendars, and even address books are pretty common. But, as simple as they need to be, not everyone has a note-taking tool at their disposal.

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