I’m slowly trying to chip away at some of my Day Zero goals. I’m finding it’s not too easy as I have a lot of different things.
What I probably have to do is commit to one or two things at a time, and see if I can just get through a few things at a time, rather than just peeking in sometimes and seeing what I may have already accomplished.
It’s time to tackle two significant items.
Under the header Internet Life, I have two items – organizing my personal and professional email. (Professional as in a personal one, but more based on professional/official things.
That sounds easy enough, right?
Not so fast, grasshopper.
My personal email, which I use for many different things is overflowing. I don’t tend to archive/delete as much as I should and I let things build and build.
Please remember, I’ve had my g-mail account for a long time – back when you needed an invite to get in. Gmail launched on April 1, 2004. My professional/official account was created on August 17, 2004. My “everyday” account was created on September 23, 2004.
So more than 15 years for each.
Keep in mind, my email accounts are often a mess. But these have gotten so out of hand, organizing each one has a spot on my list.
My “everyday” account has 13,993 items in my inbox (5,428 that are “not read”) and most, if not all, of that can be sent to the rubbish bin. Some, I will have to store in different places, but that is easily accomplished with Gmail.
My professional/official account, which has more junk going to it than most other things, has 29,365 items in it (22,378 not read), most of which I would guarantee is things from mailing lists.
As you can see, this isn’t going to be an easy project.
My goal is to tackle is from oldest to newest. It seems easier to do it this way as I can delete and move forward without having to worry about newer ones pushing things backward.
Items in my professional/official email date back to 2005. In my everyday, it’s 2010.
I have some other crazy things on my DayZero list I need to work on like this – but I need to do it in pieces. The mailboxes are first. I plan, at night, to try and go through several pages of email. Delete, archive etc. And I’ll keep doing it until the inbox is basically empty. Hopefully, once I get there, I can keep it up.
I can hope, anyway.