I opened an email account with Gmail in January of 2007. In the past 19 months, not counting spam, I accumulated over 3200 emails (let’s see, that would be over 170 emails a month, 6-7 a day). I know, I know, that’s a very modest number. I know some people who deal with as many emails in a day as I see in a month.
But I succumbed to the Google mindset. I told myself, “Self, your inbox has a terrific search feature, and no folders. Don’t organize your email.” In addition to that, for several months I used a desktop client to access mail from this account. Hence, I lost all hope of ever seeing the final page of my inbox (at 50 per page, I’ll never get to 3257!). Till today…
I used those fancy search features of Gmail (from:name in:inbox etc) to find and label mail, then I archived it as I labelled it. Oh, and I deleted a lot too. So now, my inbox of 3257 or so became an inbox of 1. Supposedly that will increase my productivity.
I feel faster already.