Inbox zero is when you have zero messages in your inbox.
You setup a bunch of verbs that you can ever do with emails.
To help with this process…
Mark all your stuff that you filter into folders, as read. If you don’t read it often, unsubscribe to those lists. These lists have search functions, use it.
Why am I keeping a list of emails that are anceint? Archieve it. If it’s absolutely useless, delete it. If I’ve responded to it, archieve it.
Check out this link: http://www.43folders.com/2007/07/25/merlins-inbox-zero-talk/
A good analogy is, if you’re a subway sandwich artist, when you get an order, you don’t sit down, and wait for more orders, you handle them as they come in. Not collect them, and when you feel like it, do them.
Inbox zero requires discipline. Watch the video in the above link, and get a feel for how to handle your inbox disaster.