I’ve been throwing stuff into the Cloud (Internet) only for a year. Online ZEN is just a little bit about how I’m using the Cloud more efficiently to make my life in the physical realm easier. Thanks for joining me in unveiling my rhythm in the Cloud! =)
Do you ever feel a “Come hither” from your inboxes?
It’s pretty obvious that I’m influenced by ZenHabits.net. I’m taking Leo Babauta’s advice from his eBook The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life. I LOVE that eBook! Thanks to Leo, just two days ago, I started a new habit: working on my MOST IMPORTANT PROJECTS before checking any inboxes during the day. This way, my time is more efficient and valuable when I actually check the inboxes.
But first, let’s count the number of inboxes I maintain. Some are in the Cloud, and some are on Earth.
- Email: Gmail and Yahoo (although I never check Yahoo…)
- Email chat (G-chat)
- US snail mail (home and office)
- Text Messages
- Desk In-tray (which is the kitchen counter, the floor, and other various places for me right now)
- Post-it Notes
- Online Homepage for RSS feeds, etc.
- Twitter (2 accounts)
- Facebook personal
- Facebook business
- Facebook chat
- YouTube comments
- LinkedIn account and groups
- Comments on the blog
15! I bet that’s pretty average… Well, I don’t have a MySpace, landline phone, an online reader, or any multiples of the above. When I first got notice about new inboxes with my bank accounts a couple of years ago, I couldn’t believe it. Lots of other membership account sites automatically bestow a NEW INBOX, too. (!) I ignore additional inboxes. The important ones are forwarded to my regular email address.
Here’s what I plan to uphold from here on out. I’ll keep you posted:
- Check email daily at least two hours after working on my MOST IMPORTANT PROJECTS first.
- Reduce 15 to 12 (Baby steps!)
- Post-it notes are not allowed.
- Create a desk in-tray for snail mail, etc.
Special thanks to Janice Harris of The Music Therapy Show for inspiring Clean Out Your Inbox Month! Here’s my newest ScreenFlow video about email: