Something must be in the air. Like Dave, I’ve been making a concerted effort to clean out my email inbox over the past couple weeks.
All year, I’ve been fluctuating between 80 – 140 messages, not including the hundreds sitting in my ‘Respond to’ folder.
For the past week, I’ve been steadily at Inbox Zero.
17 in my ‘Respond to’ folder and the oldest message is from June ’09 not Feb ’09.
Here’s how I’ve tamed my inbox in 3 steps:
- Read each email message and determine a what the next action is.
This is the hardest step.
- Write down the next action.
I have a ThingsToDo.txt file I use w/ Quicksilver’s Append Text to File action.
- Ruthlessly file into a project folder or delete.
All of this is leading up to a couple ideas I want to implement for ongoing communications management – but it will only work once this backlog is cleaned out.