I have gotten into the bad habit of using my inbox as my “to do” list. After I read an email that I want to do something about…I mark it as unread, with the intention of coming back later.
As of today, I have 2,118 messages in my inbox.
That is ridiculous. I can’t possibly have that many action items that need to be followed up with. Well…I could theoretically, but practically have no ability to carry it out.
This guy posted about declaring email bankruptcy. He had over 46,000 items in his inbox. So, I am thinking about following his example and “delete all”. The reasons I haven’t done that:
- Fear that I will loose something important
- Recognizing that I will simply repeat the same mistake since I don’t have a better process
Yes – I also have my Evernote files…and a WORD document with the most important 28 projects (and next steps). Plus, I have piles of notes on my desk…and a system of folders for most of my projects. Basically, I have too many sets of “to do” lists!
What are your tips or suggestions?
Thanks for listening.