I wish I could write today and tell you that I have my cluttered inbox solution all figured out but I don't. I ruthlessly deleted emails yesterday and I still have a lot that I won't delete yet. There are things in progress and things that I'll read later and things that I liked reading, etc.
However I have made progress and I'm pressing the unsubscribe button more and more. When that email comes into my box, instead of just deleting it, I am going to the source. Sometimes it takes a minute but it's so worth it. That doesn't mean unsubscribe to my blog though!
A couple of weeks ago I read an article that was on Twitter and I found it very thought provoking. It dealt with the fact that we are using the amount of emails, voice mails, twitters, etc. to find our value and feed our busyness. We feel important and needed because of the quantity of electronic clutter calling our name. It's sounds silly, but is it?
I've thought more and more about it, and I don't want to find my value in the busyness of checking emails that aren't important to me. Too often I forget to answer an email from an actual person because the junk subscriptions pile up behind it.
I'm going to link to this article and I encourage you to challenge yourself in the same way.
You are Important without Technology
What do you all do to control the amount of emails that accumulate? I find it hardest to delete nice messages from people. I have this dream scenario that I wake up and all that is in my inbox is relevant to that day. I don't think that is going to happen any time soon!