Inbox Bankruptcy

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For the first time in as long as I can remember, my email inbox is finally empty. It’s nice, but frankly it’s also a little uncomfortable. It’s going to take some getting used to, as strange as that sounds.

This morning I had over 18,000 unread messages in my inbox, some dating back to 2006. After doing some basic math, I determined that it would be nearly impossible to catch up at this point, and it’s pointless to respond to emails that are years old anyway.

So, today I caught up to the beginning of the year… Jan 1, 2013. I created a new tag, “pre-2013″. I highlighted everything in my inbox, tagged it, and archived it.

Now, for nearly the first time ever, my inbox count is meaningful (3 messages since I starting composing this blog post).

I would highly recommend this approach to anyone who is hopelessly behind on their email. Take the plunge. It’s worth it.

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