Here’s a glimpse into the mind of Josh Lewis. Read on… if you dare!
I use my email’s Inbox as a to-do list of sorts. If there’s a chore I’ve got to remember to do, or a person I need to contact, I’ll remember to do it if it’s in my Inbox. As soon as an email leaves my Inbox I consider it to be done (or in rare cases, I’m tracking the issue elsewhere) so I pay it no more attention. This means that there are certain emails that I refuse to move from my Inbox even though they’ve been there for… oh, I don’t know… five months.
Seriously, a friend of mine (or at least he used to be my friend) wrote to me and asked how things were going, and I wanted to sit down and write a really nice response because we don’t communicate often at all, so I kept the email there until I had the time. He wrote me on March 30th at 8:18am PST. The email is still there, gathering digital cobwebs. I still want to write you back! Don’t give up on me! Heck, just send me another email.
The good news is that my Inbox is now down to only nine emails. Four of them are on the same subject, and will require several hours of my attention, so I haven’t gotten around to them. One is a reminder to help a friend with a PHP problem. Two (including Mr. March 30th) are letters from college friends. The other two are reminders to do particular chores. And that’s it! I’m excited because I usually have twenty or even fifty of these things hanging around, waiting to get answered. It feels good to be almost down to zero.
What are your email habits? How many are in your Inbox(es)?