Over the years I’ve heard a lot about the idea of Inbox Zero… getting your email empty every day. I would say that I often do feel like a prisoner to my email and the thought of emptying my inbox daily sounds a little exciting. I just swtiched my work email to a Google Apps account. I haven’t decided yet if I’ll be “importing” email over or just starting completely fresh (we’ll see).
So, as of last night I had 16 emails that had come in, but zero emails in my inbox. I love gmail’s archive feature. The emails are there, just not in the inbox. They’re searchable and if I click on “all mail,” I can see them all. The idea of starting fresh is really appealing. Do any of you out there use the GTD or Inbox Zero method. Any thought? Any advice?
Don’t make fun of the silly theme (Jonathan Cliff), it’s a temporary thing.
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I love how well you predict Jonathan’s behavior. 🙂
At one point each day my work email has nothing in it. I like the feeling of knowing that each day there is a point where I am entirely caught up on email. However, my personal emails are not the same (though I often wish they were).
Hey that’s not fair. You totally stole my chance to make fun…
Could you explain switching your email to a Google Apps account?
There’s so much to learn with gmail that I feel as if I’m just beginning to scratch the surface…
Two options Emily. When my church was still on Exchange, I opted to have the church forward my emails to gmail since I hated Entourage for the Mac. It worked well except that I couldn’t connect with everyone’s calendars that theirs with mine very well. However, a few months ago, our church decided to fully switch to Google Apps to manage email, calendars and other stuff. It has to be a central decision as it affects everyone. It’s a great solution for our staff of 40, but it’s PERFECT for smaller churches.
Zero inbox is awesome. I aim for zero on MWF afternoons. But I also try to not read email before noon.
I need to set some restrictions on when and how often I check my email.