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May 14, 2019 07:34:29

Inbox Zero

by @brandonwilson PATRON | 409 words | 260🔥 | 260💌

Brandon Wilson

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I read the post Unsubscribe to achieve inbox zero by @5plus6 and was inspired to take a shot at this concept. I'm going to explain why Inbox Zero does nothing for me.

I don't know who coined the term "Inbox Zero," but let me see if I understand the concept. The goal is to clean out the email inbox so that you have no unread mail and all messages have either been deleted or categorized in folders. A nice clean and empty inbox until the next message comes in. Is that right?

When I was a manager, I had the dream of something close to Inbox Zero. I called it "white space in the message window." In other words, my goal was to clear out my inbox to the point where you could see white space after the last message. It was a futile attempt because I received so much email on a daily basis I could not keep up. 

Today I have two work email accounts. One of them has 296 messages in the inbox and the other has 76 messages in the inbox. Neither one has unread mail. I've read everything I need to. I'm not going to waste time categorizing email because then I have to waste time finding it. If I leave emails in my inbox, it makes them easier to find and reply if needed.

My personal email account has 846 unread emails and over 14K messages in my inbox. I've read everything I need to. None of this bothers me. Could I do a better job of deleting emails? Sure. Am I going to waste time moving things around? Nope.

Maybe this is just the way I operate in other aspects of my life as well. I don't need to have everything prim and proper. I know people who get car washes every week because they want their cars to look pristine all the time. Sure, it's nice to have a clean car, but I can tolerate it when it gets dirty after two days. My desk is messy. Clutter doesn't bother me; I just ignore it. 

By the way, if your goal is to achieve Inbox Zero on a consistent basis more power to you. Perhaps it is tied to some income-producing activities. Go for it. But I have no interest in Inbox Zero because the amount of time and energy it would take to achieve and maintain it far outweighs the benefit to me.

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    @brandonwilson first, thank you for your encouragement. i'm going to be taking a new approach in the coming months to serve the community.

    i also wanted to thank you for this. i appreciate you putting into words why it doesn't really (have to) matter. what i took from this is an approach to my writing on this platform. sometimes it may not follow a consistent thread, but if it doesn't, people can ignore the post, just like you can ignore the inbox or the clutter.

    harold avatar harold | May 15, 2019 12:25:02
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      @harold41 Thanks for reading, Harold! I certainly do not follow a consistent thread with every post, but I have noticed some themes emerge after writing daily for over four months. I look forward to reading your contributions to the community.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 15, 2019 10:25:46
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    @brandonwilson first, thank you for your encouragement. i'm going to be taking a new approach in the coming months to serve the community.

    i also wanted to thank you for this. i appreciate you putting into words why it doesn't really (have to) matter. what i took from this is an approach to my writing on this platform. sometimes it may not follow a consistent thread, but if it doesn't, people can ignore the post, just like you can ignore the inbox or the clutter.

    harold avatar harold | May 15, 2019 12:25:02
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    @brandonwilson - I have tried and failed miserably at this Inbox Zero experiment.

    Keni avatar Keni | May 14, 2019 12:35:08
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    @brandonwilson

    I'm the same as you

    Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | May 14, 2019 18:12:50
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    @brandonwilson I tried the whole inbox zero thing before too in a previous corporate job. One image and story comes to mind all the time when I think back at it - the myth of Sisyphus, forever condemned to roll a boulder up a hill, only for it to roll back down for him to roll back up again, ad infinitum, ad nauseam. *shudders

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | May 14, 2019 23:16:10
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