Digging out of the rubble of an overloaded inbox.

October 24th, 2009


A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that there were more than 1,600 e-mails lurking in my Gmail inbox — most of them unread.

After using many kinds of arcane Inbox-Fu, there are now . . . 11 messages.

Since I’ve taken vicious whacks at my work e-mail, too, there are now less than 80 messages total in all of my inboxes. This is a psychological relief, but it’s also a pragmatic advantage since I’ve more or less stopped using project folders in e-mail. The messages that remain represent most of the live obligations I have underway.

Now to cut that pile down even smaller . . .

(Photo by Rob Brewer, used under a CC-Share Alike license.)

3 Responses to “Digging out of the rubble of an overloaded inbox.”

  1. Glenda Says:

    Bravo! Well done! Now I’m going to my own pile of rubble and start tossing…..:)

  2. Ari Herzog Says:

    Nicely nicely! Whenever I scale my inbox down to 10, it jumps to 100 in no time.

  3. Tim Walker Says:

    Oh, it’s an ongoing process, no doubt, Ari.

    The main this is: the logjam is broken. As I write this, there are 14 items in my inbox. Once I cut it down to size, I can keep it there.

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