My life is a mess, mainly because my email is a mess. I’ve reached a critical point with email at which I just can’t keep up. I can’t remember what I’ve read. I can’t remember where the last email I last answered is. I’ve lost the plot.
I’m now looking for the plot at the site Inboxzero.com. Because I don’t have time to answer all of my emails, I also don’t have time to watch the video I’ve posted above in its entirety, nor do I have time to watch the previous video created by the same guy in which he first made famous his inbox zero plan.
What I have done is to try to tackle this in my own way. Today I moved about 50,000 emails to a folder labeled “old.” I created labels for various types of emails. I’ve crafted a plan.
My plan is that I will try to end each day with nothing left in my inbox. If I don’t need it, I’ll delete it. When I’ve answered it, I’ll move it to a folder. It’s a simple plan. I hope it works to help me keep up with where I’ve been and how far I have left to go.
Today is my first day of attempting to get down to zero. I thought I was there at one point, but when I answered and moved the last student email and went back to look at my lovely empty inbox, I had three new campus spams…I mean announcements.