Last week I emptied my inbox completely. And from this point forward I pledge (to myself I guess) that I will only "check" email if I am going to "deal" with my email. Every email that lands in my inbox and is not filtered into a specific mailbox will be dealt with: archived, deleted, responded to. I was motivated to this undertaking and commitment by a blog post, Email = EFAIL, I learned of via Twitter. I'm not going to repeat all the pearls of wisdom from that article, I recommend that you read it. After re-tweeting the article, Aaron pointed me to Merlin Mann's Inbox Zero talk, which in turn lead me to the 43 Folders Inbox Zero series which I am working my way through. Let me share my new strategy:
- I will check email only when I have the time to review it
- My inbox only shows unread messages
- Filters will move read mail out of my inbox after 3 days and into the appropriate folder if I don't do it first.
- I am using 3 flags: ToDo, Important, Later and associated saved searches so that I can pull up these specific lists.