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Empty Your In Box—Increase Your Productivity

by David Brock on April 28th, 2008

A few weeks ago, I read a time management tip about “emptying” your In Box (From Randy Pausch’s Time Management Seminar). I’d always used my In Box as a kind of memory jogger on different things, in addition to my to-do and follow-up lists. I decided to try Randy’s tip. It’s amazing, how well it has worked. I’ve noticed a tremendous increase in my productivity. I don’t go back to old messages, that I’ve read dozens of times before to remind myself what to do–after all I’ve already put the item in a to-do or follow-up. Why have another location to confuse and slow me down?

Randy, thanks for a great but simple tip. It’s made a big difference for me. Try it.

On the other hand you might remember:

  • One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.”–A.A. Milne,author of “Winnie-the-Pooh”

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