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June
22
2007
7:13 am
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Some of you might be thinking I’m talking about a 10K race.  That would be great if I was, but I’ve never ran a 10K or even a 5K.  I’ve done the MS 150 many times, but it’s as easy as riding a bike.  Running is hard.

Rather, I’m talking about my inbox.  In outlook.  As in my email client.

     10,000 items or less in my inbox 

That’s right.  I’m down to under 10,000 items in my inbox for the first time in over three years.

Hoooooray!

I live on email.  I probably have close to every email I’ve ever sent since 1990-1990 back when I had a CACTUS account and was using usenet on a semi-regular basis.  I was using The Internets since before it was CB Radio. 🙂

Unfortunately for my employer, my family and my goals, I basically use email for project management, lists, my to-do list and everything.  It sucks because I’m so interrupt-driven.  I really need to work on that aspect of my life – working on what’s important instead of just the things that are urgent, and possibly less important.

Now my brain is telling me – hey, maybe because I have so much crap email around, that’s why all my indexing programs like Windows Desktop Search or Google Desktop Search are barfing.  Hmmm, maybe?

And lo, the people did comment thus:

4 Comments

  1. Avitable says:

    I use my inbox as my to-do list, too, but that means that I move emails from there to an intricate nest of folders. I only have 20 emails in my Inbox, but I have 6 GBs of email in my .pst file. And my Google Desktop Search is a bit slow, and Outlook really hates me and won’t work sometimes.

  2. whall says:

    Yeah, I hear ya. I have multple PST files (which is why I had such pains with google desktop search and would love it if I could search them better).

    I started using Tasks, so I could easily move an email into a task with date, priority, colors, etc. I even got TrayDay so I could put in journal-like timestamps into the task body so I could remember where I was on that task/project. But I still end up abandoning it due to lack of proper disclipline.

    Will someone send me an email and remind me to not use my email to remind me about things?

  3. Michelle says:

    I have a system. I have three folders; @Action, @Review and @Waiting.

    These are my working folders. Any email that can be handled in less than 2 minutes is handled immediately. Anything other than that goes into @Review if it is a no action is necessary but I need to review it, or in @Action if action is required. I schedule periods of time throughout the day to work on action items. I try very hard not to manage by email. We do that way too much. Consultants exist now that go to corporate and train employees not to manage by email.

    Anyway, there is a book that I used to create a system for information management. I can’t remember the name, but I will put it out here when I remember it. I have it at home, and I am in Las Vegas now. I never have more than two items in my inbox at any given time, and I work through my @Action, @Review, and when I am waiting for a return email, I copy it into my @Waiting. I review @Waiting twice a day; once in the a.m. and once in the p.m. I update it as necessary, and follow up on non-responses as necessary.

    Many people are declaring email “bankruptcy” these days. It’s been on CNN. It’s kinda funny, but people just don’t know how to manage the amount of information that they are receiving on a daily basis. In addition, we have become a corporate nation of management by email, which has got to stop.

    My two cents.

  4. whall says:

    That sounds like a good system – I just may give it a try.

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