Do I want an empty inbox?

I used to interpret “inbox zero” to mean zero unread messages, which I’ve never had a problem maintaining. But is having a completely empty inbox really desirable and/or worth striving for? Is the effort required to explicitly move every message into an archive of sorts actually worth the supposed lack of clutter or “mental debt”?

  1. gbattle reblogged this from bryan and added:
    gbattle sez: I don’t strive for “inbox zero.” It is a ruse. It is a vanity metric with a false sense of accomplishment....
  2. therealjanelle reblogged this from bryan and added:
  3. jeremyjohnstone said: I keep it as “zero unread messages” and find that is all that I need to avoid mental clutter. I think it works for me as I mark a message as “unread” when I need to revisit it later usually.
  4. jaisons said: Foolish notion to me — I have an inbox to keep important and pertinent emails on hand. Not archived which requires another step to retrieve them.
  5. kevinnuut said: This sort of goes in hand with your hierarchy post on Dropbox. With email clients like GMail, everything is just a tag. You should never delete an email in case you ever need to search it so then you are just living in a world of “archive all”.
  6. joeydong said: I archive any email that I don’t have to take action for transforming the messages that stay in my inbox into a todo list.
  7. mattlehrer reblogged this from bryan and added:
    I think most people use their inbox as a to do list. If you think that way, you either have to mark something as unread...
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