Inbox (Nearly) Zero

I was first introduced to the concept of Inbox Zero by watching the above video of Merlin Mann speaking at Google.

Before, I had never really thought about email. Sure, I used Gmail every day, in fact many times a day, but I didn’t think about how I used it. I, probably like many of you, was guilty of everything Merlin spoke about in the video. I had three email accounts, each open in separate tabs, which I constantly flipped through and checked every five minutes, no matter what I was doing. Even worse, I had no idea what I even had in any of my three inboxes. I wasted too much time scrolling through thousands of emails and information I no longer needed, just to find that one email or small detail that I was looking for.

I never thought of it as a problem, because I simply never thought of it. But as soon as I saw the video, I knew that I needed a change.

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I was first introduced to the concept of Inbox Zero by watching the above video of Merlin Mann speaking at Google.

It’s an hour-long video, so watch it only when you have the time. Otherwise, read some of his articles on his website. It’s a great video that sparked me to come up with my own system that worked for me. The beginning is an intro and the end is some great Q&A. For the real 22-minute long meat of the video, jump to 10:21 and watch until 32:27.

Before, I had never really thought about email. Sure, I used Gmail every day, in fact many times a day, but I didn’t think about how I used it. I, probably like many of you, was guilty of everything Merlin spoke about in the video. I had three email accounts, each open in separate tabs, which I constantly flipped through and checked every five minutes, no matter what I was doing. Even worse, I had no idea what I even had in any of my three inboxes. I wasted too much time scrolling through thousands of emails and information I no longer needed, just to find that one email or small detail that I was looking for.

I never thought of it as a problem, because I simply never thought of it. But as soon as I saw the video, I knew that I needed a change. Continue reading “Inbox (Nearly) Zero”