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inbox zero.

I have had this big dream of reaching inbox zero for awhile now.  I am going to call it a big dream instead of what it really was, a lingering thunderstorm cloud looming over my head, because I have finally turned this big dream into my reality!!!  If there is any time in my life that calls for a little Taylor Swift surprised face it is this moment.

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That, my friends, is what inbox zero looks like.  For some people this is an easy and constant state of being.  For me, this was a major struggle.  I had over 4,400 emails chilling in my inbox.  The task to organize my gmail just seemed too gigantic to do anything about it.  I just ignored the problem daily and convinced myself that one day I would reach inbox zero.  How I thought I was going to reach this solution by ignoring the growing number of Groupon promotions and Pinterest notifications that were accumulating by the minute I have no idea.

On August 1, 2012 I sent myself an email with the subject of “Inbox Zero” and a link to this article.  I discovered this email unopened during my 2+ hour marathon of inbox clean out.  Over seven months ago I at least thought about trying to get to inbox zero enough to email myself and never read it.  Way to go, Jessica!

Here are some things I forgot about and new perspectives I discovered on my journey to inbox zero.

  • The Rocktown Rollers dominated my inbox. So many emails with board meeting recaps, line-ups for bouts, inspirational quotes, league drama and bullshit.  I totally forgot how much that team dominated my life through practice, events, and my inbox.
  • The different phases of relationships.  One of the reasons I couldn’t just delete all my emails and start fresh is because I am a memory whore.  I’m sentimental and years of emails with people couldn’t just be deleted.  I sorted my sentimental emails into different folders to enjoy when I’m feeling nostalgic.  It’s strange to look back at the beginnings of a new friendship or the middle of a romantic relationship you’re no longer in.
  • I was applying for jobs for over a year before I finally quit.  The way I felt at the end of my time in Harrisonburg was building for over a year.  No wonder my emotions were so intense.
  • I email myself and then never read the articles.  If that isn’t evident by my “inbox zero” example above I have a dozen other emails to articles and tutorials with subjects like “Reflect on this!” or “Make this!”

So what do I do now that I have this fresh new inbox?  I’m going to start out on a journey to 52 weeks of inbox zero.  That’s right, a whole year of inbox zero.  I feel like 365 days of inbox zero is too difficult because vacations and other things happen.  Each week having an empty inbox is totally manageable.  I still have some unsubscribing and filtering and labeling to do to get my gmail totally 100% organized, but I feel solid about the progress I have made at this point.


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4 Comments

  1. Bam says:

    I’m having mailbox envy. :P

  2. Roxy/Wifey/Carrie says:

    Ummm…. we have the same Gmail background. We’re meant to be.

  3. lisa says:

    I seriously need to do this! I’m not in the 4400 range but I should probably tackle this now before I wake up one day with that many to sort through :)

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