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cleaning out my closet

Something unusual

This is not about the eminem hit: “Cleaning out my closet”. I did something unusual. I started cleaning. Not that cleaning is so unusual, but this had to happen a lot sooner. It started with cleaning up my digital life. I cleaned up my desk. Than I started cleaning my folders on my computer and I ended with the most daunting task. I cleaned out my mail-account, now I reached zero e-mails in my inbox.

Inbox zero

Inbox zero is a concept coined by productivity people. Here’s a detailed description of inbox zero. Reaching inbox zero can be of use to you as well because:

  • you need less time to find the correct e-mail
  • you can setup your inbox to do specific things for you, without your assistence
  • more clarity
  • less clutter
  • less stress

If my little list above has convinced you. You might try it as well. It might get you less stress that you need in your life. Everybody needs less stress in their life, especially people whom are online often. People like you and me.

How did I achieve my inbox zero?

I took the simple pants-in-seat approach. I went over every e-mail and decide than and there what I was going to do with it. A lot ended up in the thrash, obviously. Some just needed to be sorted out, so learn how to move them to folders, or if you have gmail, learn to setup labels and filters.

Now, everytime I get an e-mail, I decide directly what I want to do with it. Is it a newsletter I no longer enjoy reading, unsubscribe. I do it immediatly. I don’t let it simmer. I’m to proud of my inbox zero to let it sit.

What about e-mails that need to be followed up? Put them in a seperate folder, do the step that needs to be done and put it into your calendar, so you have a dedicated time to follow it up again.

Don’t let your e-mail dictate your life, let yourself dictate your e-mails fate.


I’m not talking about computers here, for a change, or autism. You must be so relieved.

I don’t know how you are but follow this advice. Buy a notebook and write down your creative ideas. My favourite notebook of choice is a  Leuchtturm 1917 anthracite (because it is a grey color, as in grey matter, the brain, get it?). I like leuchtturm because of the paper quality, the index, numbered pages. It also not that expensive, and I can get them easily from amazon.

Write down your creative ideas. The best advice I can give anyone. It’s also known as a commonplace book. A definition you can find here.

A commonplace book can be used to write down your most precious thoughts, on whatever subject you desire. Your most famous recipes deserve a place here as well. My girlfriend gave me a good idea and suggested that you could do it in a diy traveler’s notebook. You can find many tutorials of them on the net.

I use mine to write down anything that comes in my head and I want to keep. Mostly ideas for my hobbies, but you can also use it easily as a journal or a diary or a productivity system look at the bullet journal here.

I have nothing more to say. Enjoy your day.


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