as of this moment, my primary gmail account contains:
- 2,010 “everything else” messages,
- 302 starred ones, and
- 201 “important and unread” messages
that's 7% of my total storage.
my “email me but don’t email me” address has:
- 3,287 unread messages and
- 693 “everything else” ones
or 2% of my allotted storage
why am i, a self-proclaimed minimalist, not unhinged? because of the Pareto Principle, or the 80/20 rule, which states that 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.
use it effectively by finding misalignments, where you’re spending time or energy on tasks that don’t pay off. for example, i could spend weeks (months?) sorting my emails but to what effect? the effort of handling each one negates any benefit to doing so.
so much of what i receive could be filed under “that’s nice.” and let’s face it, the all-knowing gmail search bar makes sorting obsolete.
to the appalled readers—are you really handling each incoming email, or are you just slapping a label on it so the hallowed ground of your inbox remains pristine?
and will keeping a clean inbox create the best, and the most, results for you? how? is adding “achieves inbox zero daily” to the skills section of your resume a burning desire? i hope not.
instead, unsubscribe like crazy from useless newsletters, delete the obviously inane messages as often as you can, half-heartedly flag the interesting newsletters (see “starred ones” above) then take a cue from Frozen and just let it go, let it go. admit defeat and let your inbox fill with the good messages.
sometimes being a minimalist means freaking out over fewer situations.