Gmail has tried pushing the idea that your Inbox is your endless repository, "delete" is a thing of the past and searching is the way to get through it. But, a couple years ago, I realized that I was using my email Inbox as my virtual to-do list. And, if you do that, but you follow the junk drawer model, you've (more than once) ended up totally forgetting about something important, because it's scrolled off your visible messages, and, out of sight, out of mind, right?
Last year, I began a campaign to bring my messages down to zero. And I'm not the only one. The suggestions basically boil down to:
- Don't make your system more complicated than it needs to be
- Delete, delete, delete! It's much faster to delete immediately, than to keep coming back to it, then guiltily deleting it a month from now.
- Move things to your calendar or your actual to-do list. Only leave messages that need a reply.
- If the reply can be written in under 2 minutes, do it now.
- Here's my own personal addition: always separate your work and personal email into two different boxes.
For all you mega-Inboxers out there, how do you keep track of the things that still need your attention? Let me know in the comments!
ZDnet's security blog reiterates my earlier advice about protecting your passwords, in light of this week's revelation that several thousand Comcast customer username/password combos were posted to the Internet. Check out their recommendations for password security.