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?