20. Ask Alexandria: How to Stay Positive in Uncertain Times & Get to Inbox Zero When You Have 1,446 Emails

Ask Alexandria

Special Monthly Q&A

Episode Highlights

This monthโ€™s questions cover a lot of ground. They range from practical to fun, and even a bit silly. We explore staying positive in the face of uncertainty. I have actionable tips for how to (finally) get your email inbox under control. And, yes, you can even KonMari your pets.

How to Tame Your (1000s of) Emails

Simplify your folder structure

You only need four top-level folders:

  • Action
  • Waiting For
  • Access Often
  • Access Seldom
Your inbox is not a to-do list

Youโ€™ll need somewhere else to manage your tasks. Iโ€™d recommend an app like ClickUp or Asana. They are both great for keeping track of your tasks (and you can manage projects and teams, too).

Sign up for Alexandria’s Digital Cleanse

The ALSO in PINK Digital Cleanse launches this spring. This course will help you fully organise all aspects of your digital life: email, photos, filesโ€”and all the rest. Our Digital Cleanse will help you stay organised and maintain (yesโ€ฆ wait for it) your digital joy.

If you want this to be your year to take control and organise your digital mess, sign up to get notified when the course goes live. Donโ€™t miss out! Catch the special early bird bonus when the course launches. Sign up to get notified now.

How to Stay Positive in Uncertain Times

Focus on what you can control

When it comes to the pandemic, what can you control? You can do your best to stay safe and not spread the virus.

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Wear a mask.
  3. Keep up the social distancing.
  4. Donโ€™t meet with people outside of your bubble.
  5. Donโ€™t put yourself (or others) at risk.

Thereโ€™s not really anything else you can do about the pandemic.
Unless youโ€™ve developed a vaccineโ€”in which case, thank you! Or youโ€™re a frontline worker. Also, thank you!

Focus on positive things you can do

Whatโ€™s a daily habit or ritual that brings you joy?
Is there a book youโ€™ve been wanting to read? Or a TV show youโ€™re desperate to watch? Well, take the time to read it or stream it.

Want to come out of the pandemic in the best shape of your life? Well, itโ€™s not too late. Nowโ€™s your chance. Make this your year to get fit! Join Alexandria in doing the Couch to 5k.

Style Notes

Do you prefer heels or flats? Either way, be bold and go for it. I realise I’m strictly a “flats only” girl. I guess I like to have my feet planted firmly on the ground. But, however high you like to stride, walk the walk that’s right for you.