Unread Mail (2399), How to deal with this mess?
OK, I'm making another commitment to get GTD rolling again. Email is my biggest remaining obstacle. I work in a culture where "Reply all" = CYA. It's kind of a game, as long as you've sent the email, you've successfully passed the buck and accountability to the next person. I had over 30K unread emails, but I was able to bulk delete most of them, by selecting corporate and vendor spam.
983 of the emails are in my inbox are unread, There are thousands of read emails hanging around in the inbox
Some of the stuff remaining should be saved, but most of it is garbage. Some of it is valuable information. I've been pretty good about extracting the necessary actions, but I want the comfort of an empty inbox.
My job is mostly project based, some is position responsibility, some is organizational actions or information.
Does anyone have a strategy for cleaning this up? Finding a new job and starting with a clean inbox might be the quickest solution.
should I have cc'd this to everyone?
I can't say there's anything appealing about working in a CYA culture, so clearly I'd support you moving to greener, healthier pastures! But there's no chance a new job comes with a pristine, empty inbox. You're more likely to inherit all 30,000 unread, unfiled emails of your predecessor!
Originally Posted by jrdouce
The backlog webinars are a great place to start. You are not alone!