19 inboxes.

February 26th, 2010


That’s what my wife, daughter, and I counted up to last night at the dinner table, what with work e-mail, personal e-mail, Facebook, Twitter (two accounts with two channels each), my physical P.O. box, voicemail, et cetera. Those are just my inboxes, mind you.

This “down periscope” thing is looking better and better.

While I don’t feel the intense pressure about this that my friend Chris Brogan does — he has more responsibilities and a much bigger audience than I do — the you-must-respond-NOW syndrome he diagnoses in his latest post is a pernicious one:

The Assault on Anywhen

We need to cut each other some slack in the timeliness of our communications. We need to cut OURSELVES some slack, too.

Now I’m off to rethink how often I check each inbox. I’m hoping to shock myself with my answers.

(Photo by Mick Stanic, used under a Creative Commons Noncommercial license.)

2 Responses to “19 inboxes.”

  1. Tim Says:

    What a fun family conversation! :)

    I’ve made a concerted effort to funnel most of my inboxes into 2 places: either Gmail or Google Reader by getting RSS feeds of my Twitter and News Feed, switching voicemail over to Google Voice, POPing my work mail into Gmail, etc….

    It’s nice to not need to check multiple inboxes (and really helps me maintain my GTD system).

  2. Tim Walker Says:

    Good idea, Tim.

    Part of my goal is simply to receive less messages period, across all media.

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