It’s been years since Rich Legg introduced me to my Holy Grail of productivity: the zero inbox. One of my goals for January was to get there. To tend untended business. To stop using the inbox as a to-do list for things I don’t want to do.
I’ve been working on getting to zero for a while and had it down to 10 messages at the beginning of the year. Those last 10 items just dragged on and on. The final one was a simple phone call that I procrastinated on for 6 weeks.
If this sounds like a good idea, there are some good tips in this article on getting unburied. Unsubscribing to vast numbers of things that no longer interested me helped immediately. (Not to mention the commercial spam machines: just because I buy one thing from your company does not mean we are BFF and I want to hear from you every day.) SpamSieve helped even more.
It’s true what the GTD gurus preach about committing to a system. A few months ago I embraced the Calendar program like a long-lost twin. It works, especially if I set reminders when I enter a new appointment. I don’t need to keep those emails to remind me to show up. I still need to decide which program to use for my task list, but it ain’t going to be Apple Mail.
Zero inbox, achieved today at 11:43:44. It feels weird. I keep checking it to see if it’s real. Surely I forgot SOMETHING. It is truly empty. Long may it reign.