There are two types of people in this world, people who open all their emails immediately and file them away in folders, and people who are pure evil.
The latter are the same monsters who probably have a red dot with some ghastly number in the thousands hovering over their email app.
Wherever you stand though, we can all agree that life admin is a terrible waste of time. And we're all drowning.
Most people send and receive about 122 emails a day. Manning the inbox could easily be a full time job. And not one that any of us would want.
Whether or not you're a type A in pursuit of inbox zero, you are probably in need of an inbox boot camp. And this week on The Well, Rebecca Sparrow and Robin Bailey hunt down some life admin hacks that are absolute godsends.
'I'm in total denial of anything that's got to do with administration I really struggle with it,' says Robin Bailey.
If like Robin you need a little help in this department, we've got you covered.
The Three-Sentence Rule.
Blogger Chris Ducker has a genius rule for cutting down your email time. (Not to be confused with the three second rule in which you can eat food dropped on the floor. Although maybe this could apply to emails, you can only reply to emails received in the last three minutes? We might need to workshop this one a bit more.)
The rule dictates if the reply to an email will take more than three sentences, just pick up the phone and talk to them.
'If someone desperately wants me, they'll call me,' agrees Robin.
Get a filing system.
Bec is on team filing, and seems genuinely baffled by anyone who isn't. I'm with you, Bec.
'I read what's important then if I need to keep it... I file it in a different category,' she says.
The idea is to create folders that will help you easily find that email when you need it. Think: work, school, tax, project A, project B... you get the idea.
And flag, baby, flag! If something is important, chuck a flag next to it. At the end of the day, just check your flags to make sure nothing gets missed.
If categories don't do it for you, try an action-based approach. Make two folders: @read and @reply. A folder for emails you need to read and a folder for emails you need to answer. If you have an email that's not urgent you can store it away to read later. And if an email is in the @reply folder you'll know you need to attend to it.
Utilise the search function.
The Well's producer Ruth De Glass has a method that will have you asking, 'why didn't I think of that?'