All caught up...
Most importantly – the scroll bar is gone from my inbox! I have 14 emails in my inbox. 12 of them are to-do items – so maybe I’m not all caught up, but I’m not that far behind anymore. The travel of the last three weeks has made it hard to keep entirely up to date with everything. The reading of other blogs and various news websites was the first thing to get cut. (I’ve scanned my favorites since to get caught up on what everyone is doing).
Curious – how many emails do people normally keep in their inbox. I work really hard to keep that scroll bar on the inbox away – not by over-filing things (move them into subfolders just to get them out of the way) but rather by processing them and removing them. My method is simple:
- Email arrives
- Upon reading it I either
- immediately respond with a request for more info (which lets me delete the original)
- respond with answer (delete original)
- delete it, not relevant to me
- leave it there as it would take too much time right now (that’s the status of the current 12)
- if it pertains to a future trip, move it into a folder for that trip (that is my calendar in a way – those folders get aged out as the trip happens into “old trips”)
- save it in miscellaneous – might need it later.
That lets me get rid of probably over 90% of all email upon receiving it. Which is good because this year I’ve received an average of 75 emails (well, 74.7 if you like to be precise) per day. Very little of that is spam as Oracle has excellent spam filters, I cannot imagine what it would be like without the spam filters given I use my real email address everywhere.
So, all of my email ends up in one of four places:
- Inbox as a to-do
- Trash as a ‘has been done’
- Future trip folder, until trip has happened – then past trip folder
- Miscellaneous (receipts, information, things I might need again later)
How to know you probably travel too much:
I was in Heathrow connecting back home. A person doing a survey asks if I would mind taking it. I said OK (I was pretty bored at that point). It is asking about the airport – she asks how the experience was, my gut reaction was “well, it took me one hour of continuous movement to get from one gate to the other – that’s not good”. That isn’t what she meant – she meant “how was the shopping”... But anyway, couple of questions later she asks “so, how many other flights have you been on this year”. I answered immediately “72”. She said (sounding surprised as the speed of delivery of the number and the size of the number) “72, how do you know??? That’s a lot”. I had just been on the United site the night before making sure my flights had been recorded – so I knew it was precisely 72 that morning (2 months to go in the year)…