Monday, August 18, 2008

The Inbox Test

I am really busy. Stop me if you've heard this before.

How do I know this (besides the fact that I'm living the really-busyness right now)?

Well...

Normally my Gmail is hyper-organized. It's one of the few areas of my life where I embrace my rather minimal OCD side, the other being my DVD collection, which is totally not divided into TV and film and alphabetized by genre, which can be more difficult than you would expect because many things cross over into different genres and sometimes it's difficult to decide which is the best place to put something, and what if you choose wrong? WHAT IF YOU CHOOSE WRONG?!...

(That was fun.)

But Gmail.

I star things which require a reply. I delete daily. I check and delete Spam (the awesome penis enlargement messages, not the delicious canned treat). I archive by name or subject -- sometimes both.

When I'm living my regular-programming life, I always have fewer than 50 inbox messages and usually fewer than 25. Unread messages? 2 or 3 at the most, unless I'm keeping them unread (and starred) as a reminder to reply.

I like a clean inbox, which is not a euphemism, but feel free to think of it as one if it amuses you.

My inbox right now? 146 messages. 17 unread. 39 drafts. 1372 spam folder emails.

So if you're wondering why I haven't replied, didn't attend your event or missed my deadline to send you notes, look no further than my inbox for the reason why.

What are the telltale signs in your life that things are a little crazy?

9 comments:

Lex said...

You do know that you have over 7 GB of space on your Gmail account so that the hassle of deletion be avoided, right?

Jane said...

My desk at home is piled with bank statements, visa bills, receipts and other such paperwork. I usually file them away diligently - and not in the recycling either. Alas, that has not happened for many many many weeks.

Josh said...

Lex -

True, but you remember the part about OCD, right? Besides, I'm using 10 percent of that right now and my usage is going up faster than their added storage. Sad, but true.

Deleting helps.

BooM said...

Josh, I know I'm busy when I'm posting more. I also know I'm busy when I'm reading more blogs. I'm extremely busy when I'm posting on other people's blogs that I read.

To feed your OCD and show you what a good friend I am: When you're unbusy, you can totally clean out my email accounts!

Yahoo! 1: 6,000 mails
Yahoo! 2: 900 mails
Gmail: 2,000 mails

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