I had one major goal yesterday: Inbox Zero for my personal account.
I am a huge believer of regular email cleanouts as part of my weekly review process. I do not like it when tasks and things get stuck in there. But sometimes life gets messy, and this past month definitely could carry that descriptor.
Yesterday I decided that any and all free time would be dedicated to catching up. I worked on my inbox during lunch in lieu of my usual walk. I worked on my inbox at the end of the work day. I worked on my inbox while the kids created a couch obstacle course in the evening (they are still screen free this month even if I’m not!).
And you guys! I did it! So excited to see the graphic above though also slightly disturbed. Does gmail know my gender, skin color, hair color? If so, is there any reason why they also think I have the shoulders of a linebacker? Does anyone lie down in a jungle to read after they are done cleaning out an inbox?
Google mysteries aside, I feel happy. I do not plan to keep it clear on a daily basis (too much distracting pruning) but will go back to weekly cleanouts. By the way, I do not use folders. Every message that I’m done with (either responded to, captured in the appropriate place, completed) just gets dumped into the generic Archives. Gmail is searchable enough that this has always been fine and I don’t think I’d be able to get to this lovely empty spot without this rather crude (but effective) method.
(I also succumbed and paid the $20/year for 100GB storage. Because I decided that deleting emails on a regular basis to remain under their threshold was probably not worth $20 of my time.)
My work email isn’t bad. I have been more consistent with this (mostly because I know that if I don’t, important things will fall through the cracks). I think I have ~30 messages in there but my “Waiting On / Follow Up” folder does need some serious attention. I don’t see it happening this week (Match Day on Friday – I’m eagerly awaiting our results!!) but maybe the next.
(On that note, Microsoft needs to figure out what gmail does to make the search so good, because the Outlook search is terrible in comparison.)
I wanted to see if WordPress had some fancy poll-embedding widget but nothing appeared with a cursory glance, so I will conduct an informal poll in today’s comments. Are you Inbox Zero daily, Inbox Zero weekly, Inbox Zero sometimes, or Inbox Infinite (ie, you don’t worry about clearing it)? I can see value in all approaches honestly but I feel so much better when mine is on EMPTY!