I was just catching up on a month’s worth of delayed rss reading… and found Neil’s excellent piece on ‘unproductivity’… go have a read.
The thing that really chimed a chord with me was this…
(which I believe comes from Len Kendall)
52 emails? Ah, the luxury, if only…
I was speaking to Chris a couple of weeks ago, who’s taking a new novel approach to unread emails… viewing it as a game to get to as many unread emails as possible. He was on 2,500 odd when I saw him. He was aiming for the big 10,000.
I’ve adopted a different strategy over the last couple of years; read as many as you can, but only do things about the ones people chase you on.
If it’s really important, someone will call you, find you, set a snare trap in the kitchen etc etc.
I suppose that this issue is what Google Wave was meant to solve. But as I mentioned before, it was launched in a weird way, so didn’t take off.
Maybe they got caught in a cycle of unproductivity like the one above…IMPORTANT INDIE-POP POINT
“Email Mountain, I’ll get over you someday…” is of course paraphrased with many apologies from Modesty Blaise’s superb indie-pop classic “Carol Mountain”…
…which if you don’t know you really, really should listen to here.