Friday, August 24, 2007

Inbox Zero: Are You Having a Healthy Relationship with Your Email?

Are you living in your inbox? Are you overwhelmed by email? If so, you might benefit from this video of Merlin Mann speaking at one of Google's Tech Talks (7/23/07). Mann, creator of the 43 Folders blog, focused on personal productivity, life hacks, and simple ways to make your life a little better, details Inbox Zero his implementation of David Allen's Getting Things Done or GTD method.

Mann stresses the importance of getting your inbox to zero, and strategies for dealing with high volume email. The essence of the method is to make your email actiontionable - one of the five actions below and act immediately. Some of Merlin's key points:
  • people have an unhealthy relationship with their email
  • time and attention are finite - we need to treat it as such
  • map time and attention to what you claim is important
The video totals about 58 minutes, but the presentation itself is only thirty minutes, the remaining time devoted to Q and A.

If you like the style of the slides and Mann's presentation style, you can read his How I made my presentations a little better and view/download his slides from our friends at

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