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Don't do this

I'm a nut for having an empty email inbox, which is to say, a littered inbox really bugs me. But haven't been able to keep up with my dehora.net mail for the last few (some) months. So, a while back I created an email folder called "respond". The idea is, mail you can't respond to you drag into the respond folder for handling later. I thought this was very clever, in a GTD "touch once" kind of way.

It was a really, really bad idea. I'm now more behind on mail than ever, and worse I'm processing it backways - last in is more likely to be first out. Essentially it seems to have gone like this - I'm.not responding to mail I put there, because I don't have time allocated to processing that folder. I can't see what's in it without looking in it, which I forget to do, because my instinct is process my inbox, because... well, I like having an empty inbox. And when I do remember, I don't want to look in it because I feel bad for not answering mail going ages back... so, the respond folder is gone. As of tonight everything has been moved back to the inbox. I bet I get through it by the weekend.

August 2, 2007 12:10 AM


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