With these two punches to the stomach in mind, I rebooted my inbox during the holidays with these fixes. Some are essential and some are personal, but I believe all are valuable.
- Anything more than ten or so emails in your inbox might as well be a bajillion.
- Stop hoarding. Start archiving.
- Use conversation/threaded view.
- A strict to-do transfer policy.
-Michael Lopp, “Inbox Reboot”, Rands in Repose
Being unemployed right now, I don’t get a whole lot of email that is urgent, but I have always been of the opinion that I do email quite well, especially in comparison to some. I am at Inbox Zero or Inbox Close-to-Zero almost all the time because I unsubscribe like a fiend, act immediately on things in my inbox, and know myself well enough to only check my email a couple times a day, so as to keep email from consuming my life. Nevertheless, Michael Lopp has written a detailed review of his own methods and how they have failed. His steps to get better with his email are those listed above, which he details more in the full post. Hopefully he is successful in his moves to have fewer dropped email threads.
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.