800 messages processed per day

Over the past few days I’ve held off on emptying my deleted items folder in Outlook to get a better sense of the number of messages I “process” per day.  The average over the past three days with very little varyance per day was 800 per day.  Granted this does include RSS feed posts I go through but it is still several hundred without them.


This doesn’t include IM, voice mail, meeting requests, personal email or text messages.


The bad news is that I am not getting to zero in my inbox each day either so there is some “carry” from one day to the next.


I’ve got to come up with a better way to handle this.  I’ve read various GTD-esque things but at some point, the incoming flow and accumulation of tasks and meetings just doesn’t average out to zero per day.


Stay tuned…

1 thought on “800 messages processed per day”

  1. Two quick thoughts – you mention that you’ve tried some GTD style stuff, but I have found Merlin Mann’s “inbox zero” posts at 43folders pretty good, and I changed my autofilter rules as a result. Also, @Rands recently twittered an interesting suggestion: go to your outbox and tag the last 20 (or 200) outbound messages you sent. Doing so montiors both your own responses and suggests which types of messages/inputs actually get attention – then you can course correct your responses or re-jigger your inputs appropriately.

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