I was first introduced to the concept of Inbox Zero by watching the above video of Merlin Mann speaking at Google.
Before, I had never really thought about email. Sure, I used Gmail every day, in fact many times a day, but I didn’t think about how I used it. I, probably like many of you, was guilty of everything Merlin spoke about in the video. I had three email accounts, each open in separate tabs, which I constantly flipped through and checked every five minutes, no matter what I was doing. Even worse, I had no idea what I even had in any of my three inboxes. I wasted too much time scrolling through thousands of emails and information I no longer needed, just to find that one email or small detail that I was looking for.
I never thought of it as a problem, because I simply never thought of it. But as soon as I saw the video, I knew that I needed a change.