Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday Inbox Delete Diet

Inbox a little heavy these days. Like most people you have probably read the important messages, left the rest and moved on with your day. Result: your inbox has several hundred or more messages patiently awaiting your attention. "It will never happen", you moan. "I will never have time to figure out what to do with them all". Probably not. Try this instead.

Reorder you Inbox, or whichever folder you've decided to attack, by some other method than the usual one. If you order it by date, switch to by sender. Try subject. Try size. It doesn't matter as long as it is different than your day to day sort.

Start anywhere in your box with your finger over the DELETE key. Notice how the 30 messages from your boss relating to last year's budget are no longer relevant. How about the 14 messages relating to the Christmas party. And there are the 23 messages about the add space you were considering but never bought. Keep going, you are doing great.

Evenutally all messages that you keep for content need to be filed. Elsewhere I have talked about matching up your e-files to your paper files to make the filing process easier. But for the numerous messages that just collect because we never get around to clearing them out, a Friday Delete Diet can be a wonderful thing. Very lightening before the weekend.

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