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Clean Inbox!

Oct 18, 2005
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I can’t tell you how good this feels…  A CLEAN email inbox!  It has been a very long time since I’ve had an empty inbox.  Amazing.  I deserve some sort of award or plaque. 


7 Responses to “Clean Inbox!”

  1. Hope you don’t mind, but I added you to a few spam lists.
    I got $20 for your address. Sorry I sold you out.

  2. Good for you! I took the time to clean mine out awhile back, too, and I’ve been keeping them empty ever since. I do save some email, if I think I might need to read it again, but I force myself to put it in a folder that will make it easy to find.
    If an email doesn’t fit in a folder, there’s only two options: either create a new folder, just for this type of item… or ask “Do I really need to save this email?”
    A virtual plaque to you, Scott. Good stuff.

  3. Betsy says:

    Congratulations. It drives me nuts when I go on someone’s computer and he has 385 emails in his Inbox. It says something about him.
    On the other hand, my 58 folder and sub-folders and bulging Task list and reminders probably says something about ME.

  4. Good, now that your done with yours, please come do mine. Of course I also have 300+ subscriptions in my NetNewsWire RSS feeds that I need to go through also.

  5. Dude… that is some achievement! Mine was looking good until I went on a weeks vacation… Whoa… Even David Allen (Mr. GTD) would have trouble with it.
    Inboxes are like diets… hard to maintain… Good Luck!

  6. Scott says:

    I read your post and was curious as to my own mail volume. Here tis’:
    Approx. 1 years worth (Man! I need to archive).
    708 messages in my inbox
    8023 messages in deleted items
    2,678 sent since June 16.
    To bad I don’t get paid by the message!
    I haven’t seen an empty inbox for months. I find that too often I need to reference back to something someone sent, so I just leave it. I figure that’s what search engines are for.

  7. BW says:

    My goal is continually to be at zero in the inbox, and for those I’m waiting to hear back on, I have a “waiting” folder that is at the top of my folder list. Google Desktop is awesome for finding old emails (vs. Outlook’s search capability). My inbox happiness threshold is about 30! Right now I’m at about 54 :)

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