重新思考电子邮件

James Duncan Davidson,题为“有效的电子邮件破产“:

What I had to do was establish that my relationship with email was broken一旦我这样做,我必须弄清楚如何解决它观看Merlin Mann的收件箱零谈话和阅读他的人一样帮助收件箱零系列Somewhere in all of that, he states that the way you deal with email has had to change over the last decadeAnd, he’s rightI just missed the boat and, as a result, got way out of whack.

So, a couple of weeks ago, I silently declared effective email bankruptcyI moved those 8000+ messages off to their own DMZ folder and started practicing the whole Inbox Zero thing.

我的情况与Duncan的情况非常相似,我可以写几乎相同的作品When I switched from Mailsmith to Mail at the end of June (so as to start using IMAP with my iPhone), I had about 6,500 messages in my handful of inboxes in Mailsmith; about 3,500 of which were marked unread不是邮件列表流量或垃圾邮件或自动邮件 - 这些都是个人邮件。

我一直在使用Mailsmith自1.0版发布在1998年自1992年大学二年级以来,我一直在使用电子邮件。1Pre-Mailsmith,我使用了Unix终端应用程序Elm,最终使用了Mac上的Eudora。

在我使用电子邮件的整个15年里,我的习惯和信息备案策略或多或少保持不变与Merlin Mann和Davidson一样,我的问题是,我现在收到的电子邮件远远多于我使用我长期建立的策略和习惯所能处理的电子邮件。

因此,当我切换到Mail时,我利用这个机会建立了一个处理电子邮件的新系统In a nutshell, my old strategy was based on the belief that I ought to respond to most of the messages I receive; my new strategy is that the only thing I should do with most of the messages I receive is read them and归档他们2

Another way to look at it is this: I can classify all incoming personal email into three broad categories: (a) messages that are either very important or very interesting; (b) messages that are utterly non-interesting; and (c) those which fall somewhere in-between.

我的绝大部分电子邮件属于最后一类在我之前的“系统”下,我让他们堆积在我的收件箱里,假设有一天我会回答他们中的很多人在新系统下,如果我在阅读后没有立即回复,他们会直接进入我的档案库眼不见,心不烦。

我不认为我已经做了什么来宣传我的Mailsmith收件箱中的那些旧邮件的电子邮件破产声明相反,我一下子就完成了我应该对他们做的所有这些消息:存档它们。

我不跟随曼恩的收件箱零对T的建议,特别是他的法令,每天将所有收件箱减少到零消息(我每周都会去。)但他的基本前提是合理的:如果你没有定期将收件箱减少到零,你的系统就会崩溃。


  1. That I didn’t have an email account during my freshman year of college sure makes me feel ancient. ↩︎

  2. Gmail的设计者值得一些荣誉我不经常使用Gmail,但我非常欣赏它的设计完全违背了之前所有流行邮件客户所建立的惯例的方式。以前,邮件程序针对将邮件归档到(通常)基于类别的邮箱的分层列表的模式进行了优化Gmail强烈建议您将收件箱中的所有内容放入一个存档中This is both simpler and more effective when dealing with high volumes of mail. ↩︎