This is a post from my blog, which I have long since stopped maintaining. The page has been preserved in case its content is of any interest. Please go back to the homepage to see the current contents of this site.
There’s been a recent increase in productivity-related posts on Lifehacker, so inspired by that I thought I’d share how I “get things done”, and hopefully swap tips with others!
My approach is simple: I attempt “Inbox Zero”. And deliberately fail.
After several years of attempting to keep a clean inbox, having any messages at all sitting there really annoys me. I use that to my advantage and end up doing the polar opposite of “Inbox Zero” – that is, I use my inbox as my to-do list. Whenever I think of something I need to do, I write a short e-mail, usually just a subject line, and send it to whatever inbox is appropriate for the task (work or home).
It has the advantage of simplicity – while corporate firewalls could prevent me from using a
todo.txt and a filofax could be left at home, there’s virtually no situation when I’m more than a few feet from a device that can do e-mail.
And the worry that “Inbox Zero” was designed to address – huge inboxes that get piled up with junk that never gets acted on – is avoided because having those e-mails in my inbox, even though I put them there, is annoying enough that I clear them as soon as possible.
I’ve taken to calling the technique “Inbox Many”.
So, great untamed hordes of the internet – I’m intrigued. How do you lot get things done?