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Thread May 21, 2016 editorial: comments

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1 May 21, 2016 editorial: comments

Inbox Zero…Ha!

When I read about email programs that promise to get you to “inbox zero” — that is, completely clearing out your inbox each day — I chuckle wistfully and hum the old Bob Dylan lyric: “It ain’t me, babe.” 

Put it this way: there’s about zero chance I’ll ever get to inbox zero. It’s not that I don’t try. In fact, a couple of months ago, when I got to about “inbox 23,000” (spread over several email accounts, two personal accounts and a work account), I went on a deleting spree, and after literally a couple of hours of slashing and burning, got my  collective inboxes down to a svelte  18,000 emails. Progress, I suppose. Unfortunately, it’s easy to accidentally delete important emails when you’re getting rid of the junk. Whenever I purge my inbox, that seems to inevitably happen.

I’ll actually never get to inbox zero, unless I completely change my workflow, because I like to keep my emails to refer back to, especially for work stuff. Still, if I paid more attention to cleaning out all the advertisements and donation requests and other junk that I get every day, I could probably reduce my inbox number. For me, I guess, inbox 15,000 is the new inbox zero.

What’s kind of staggering to me is the volume of emails I get that I don’t even end up reading. Not personal ones, of course, I answer all of those – unless they somehow get lost in the clutter. No, I’m talking about the ads and any spam that doesn’t get caught in my email program’s filter — these don’t get read beyond the preview pane. At least it’s all digital, so no trees are being killed for this totally wasted communication.

One communication that was not at all wasted was my interview with producer/mixer/engineer Andrew Wade, which posted this week. He’s got a very interesting way of recording and mixing guitars, which he details, along with some other mixing tips. Check it out.

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There I just got my inbox one email closer to zero, audio fanzine newsletter has been deleted!

Just kidding Mike.
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There I just got my inbox one email closer to zero, audio fanzine newsletter has been deleted!

Good one! :bravo: I had a feeling I was leaving myself open to that.
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Well Mike, I must say in my case it's pretty easy, I'm using a home made (simplified) version of the GTD Method:

https://jamesorr.com/wp-content/uploads/Getting-Things-Done-Process.png

In my case, I'm using the online version of Gmail  which is efficient for the way I'm managing my emails.

My emails have 4 status:

- Inbox : I have to do it (action from my side)

- "? NOW" tag : I'm waiting for someone else's response ASAP

- "? LATER" : I'm waiting for someone else's response and it's not important and/or not urgent, to check once a month

- If the email is done ? It's archived

 

Also I'm using the "promotions" and "newsletter" tabs on Gmail so all newsletters and co are NEVER in my inbox. 99% noise less.

That's all.

 

 

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My emails have 4 status:

- Inbox : I have to do it (action from my side)

- "? NOW" tag : I'm waiting for someone else's response ASAP

- "? LATER" : I'm waiting for someone else's response and it's not important and/or not urgent, to check once a month

- If the email is done ? It's archived


Good system! Thanks! :bravo: