Testing a New Email Essentialism Strategy
Although I've already pretty much unsubscribed from everything, and keep the Inbox Zero habit, I still have a distraction in my emails that seems unavoidable...
That is, it seems impossible to open my email client to send an email without seeing the new emails that have come in.
I currently use GMail, though I am slowly moving my life away from Google, and this strategy struck me the other day...
I already have a "Follow Up" label that all unresolved email tasks go into (for example, when waiting for a product to be delivered, the order confirmation will go into Follow Up until it arrives).
So I have created a second folder, labelled "New".
(Actually, they're now labelled 01_New and 02_FollowUp)
And I've set up a filter such that all incoming emails are:
- Marked as read
- Added to the 01_New label
- Archived from the Inbox
This way I never receive notifications, or even an indication of new mail until I'm ready to look under my 01_New label.
But how do I know if an email under 01_New is really new? Because they always are... emails either get actioned and deleted or go into the FollowUp folder if they haven't been completed.
I will only be checking 01_New when I have time to deal with anything that has arrived.
This seems like a solid strategy on the face of it, and we will see if this helps me to send emails without distraction, or if I develop a habit of always clicking on my 'New' label every time I open my emails!