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I finally got to Inbox Zero! And it wasn't easy!

January 14th, 2010 at 03:01 am

I had over 500 items in my work Inbox - the emails had just piled in over the end of last year when I was quite busy and then out for a lot of vacation. But I've always kept my backlog there, even though I created a HOLD folder years ago, but I never really warmed up to it to the point where I used it properly. So I weeded the Inbox down to about 200 and then stuffed them in a HOLD folder, and I created a new one, HOLD - Time Critical! Check every day! We'll see if I follow through.

I have to admit, it is quite weird to see a blank Inbox! BTW, I got the term Inbox Zero I think from Lifehacker, a collection of small tips like this.

And in other organizational news, I got one of our cars inspected a full month and a half before the due date, and as expected, the line was nil! I may beat this procrastination thing yet! I also nipped at my bill/filing mountain and whittled it down a tad, and I did a similar cleanup at work, where it was even more sorely needed. Clean and organized, even semi-clean and semi-organized, feels great!

4 Responses to “I finally got to Inbox Zero! And it wasn't easy!”

  1. NJDebbie Says:

    Nice to hear from you again. I miss your blogs and wishes for a great 2010!

  2. Petunia Says:

    Go Ralph! Rarely do I see the bottom of my inbox. . . or any of my piles for that matter. It's a good goal to aspire to though.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Good job getting a few things done! It feels good and usually takes less time than we think.

  4. ralph Says:

    Thanks, all! I'm glad to hear someone enjoys my posts - thanks NJDebbie! And Petunia, funny you should mention piles - a guy at work said I just re-stacked all my piles. Well, maybe, but they look MUCH better now!

    And you're right creditcardfree - "if you want to make a job seem mighty hard, just keep putting it off!".

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