Inbox zero

Volume 11, Issue 7; 09 Jan 2008; last modified 08 Oct 2010

An empty mailbox. Unread mail: 0. That's just spooky.

Truth lies within a little uncertain compass, but error is immense.

I have no unread mail messages. None: not in my primary work folder or any of my ancillary work folders; not in my primary personal folder or any of my ancillary personal folders; not in any of my mailing list folders.

I'd like to say this was down to hard work, dedication, and a ferocious burst of productivity. But it ain't. I fumble fingered something, answered a prompt incorrectly (maybe because I just assumed “y” was the safe answer without reading it), and voilà: all caught up.

I'm trying to view it as a positive thing. If it was really important, they'll resend it, right?


Ahh, you're just the latest in the "email bankruptcy" trend: see

—Posted by John Cowan on 10 Jan 2008 @ 12:43 UTC #

Before I got to the end of your post I was thinking just that, you'll probably be better off for it. I also thought perhaps you had read "getting things done" from the post...I was able to keep mine read for two full days after reading that book, and it went back to normal. I've even heard of declaring "email bankruptcy". You basically send email to everybody declaring that you're hopelessly behind and have deleted all mail...adding that they need to resend anything of recent importance.

—Posted by Taylor on 10 Jan 2008 @ 02:59 UTC #

à not á et voilà!

—Posted by Christophe Grand on 10 Jan 2008 @ 11:09 UTC #

If I'd wanted to declare "email bankrupcy", I'd have arranged to delete the raft of "saved" messages to which about which I feel some guilt for not yet replying. It was accidental, honest.

—Posted by Norman Walsh on 10 Jan 2008 @ 12:58 UTC #