“I’m terribly fastidious. I like symmetry and neatness, but my house is as chaotic as any other family’s.” – Kevin McCloud
Daily Nugget of Gold 1534
Delete, Delete, Delete
The idea actually predates email and the internet. Some folks have this, shall we say…”compulsion”- no… that’s probably a little too strong- maybe just “preference” to be working from a pristine work space. We really aren’t here to knock that and especially not here to mock that, what we are here to discuss today are the various approaches people take to keep order in their lives. Enter the age of information technology and email, texts, and instant messaging; and now we have another area of our lives where there is an opportunity to de-clutter.
Let us confess now that we have (perhaps sadly?) concluded we’re never going to be the absolutely clean-desk type. This holds true for our online habits as well as the actual world. (We’ll leave the conversation about how the actual reality is just a virtual reality out of it for now, he he) Yes, there are indeed people out there who love to work in a highly organized, well defined, work space. To some extent, at least, people who are like this will likely bring these habits with them when they deal with electronic messaging in any form.
The idea of “In Box Zero” has been floating around for some time, and it goes like this- decide immediately if something is important or not and if not, get rid of it. If it is, put it somewhere so you can refer back to it. Simple, huh? If you think so, if everything in your life is black and white with no shades of gray, you might just be the right person to use this approach. For the rest of us mess-aholics, life just doesn’t always fit neatly into such well-defined boxes. Sure, sometimes it does. We get a lot of email that can be dispatched without worry. It’s highly unlikely we’re going to have a rich uncle from Nigeria leave us millions of dollars and most of us aren’t going to fall for a product someone offers on the internet to increase the size of our- whatever. Additionally, much of the work email we receive clearly doesn’t pertain to us.
So, what are the rest of us who haven’t decided on which role we wish to play in internet life going to do? That’s a good question, and for us, we were fortunate to have gotten some good advice on the subject. Guess what? If you want that advice, you’re going to need to open yet another email! Yup, we ran out of cyberspace for this installment. See you next time, but with the answers you were looking for. Feel free to delete now!
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What can I do to organize my life a little more so I can truly be the person I was meant to be?”
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