It has taken a few hours, but as of this moment, I am at Inbox Zero!
I am a strong advocate of keeping my Inbox small, but this week, in the insanity of the pre-back-to-school frenzy, things had gotten a little out of hand. This morning, I have answered about 60 messages and added about 25 to-do items to my Tasks in Outlook. Needless to say, I have a busy few days ahead of me, but at least now I have a consolidated list of what needs to happen.
If you are interested in some of how I make GTD work electronically, please read my previous post on that topic.
What does reaching Inbox Zero mean for me? Basically, it means that I have mostly climbed out of a hole in which about 80 different things were crowding my mind. I need to buy a birthday gift for my husband. My boss needs a document prepped. The agenda for the meeting needs to be online. Can we do dinner on Thursday? Each of these individual items is small, but the overall effect is a maelstrom of mental energy being sucked into an endless loop of gotta’s. Gotta send that message. Gotta return that call. Gotta order that book. This kind of thing can really knock your tech life balance out of whack (Note: This post is part of a previous blog entitled “Tech Life Balance.”). Inbox Zero mean that I’ve started the approach back to centered.
The next week is full of excitement and constant motion. We launch the new web page. We train the faculty on the new system. We discuss books, policies, and teaching ideas. I’ll have a lot to do and even with GTD, a mind like water, and a great support network, I’ll feel like I need to bend the laws of physics to get it done. I’ll be challenged to keep the tech life balance this week. Soon I’ll dive in to tackling those to do’s. But right now, I gotta stop for lunch.