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A Few Weeks after Inbox Zero

A few weeks ago, I achieved Inbox Zero.

And now I re-achieved Inbox 300.

Getting from zero to 300 is much, much, much easier than getting from 300 to zero.

If only I could honestly say “I trust you,” to my to-do list.

Should this make me believe in non-conservative fields? After all, friction is the most common ingredient of non-conservative fields and I seem to be finding plenty of friction around my inbox.

But somehow, even with all the friction, it isn’t enough to keep my hands warm in a northern California winter. This seems unfair to me.

As best I can tell, the “secret” of my being able to have Inbox Zero is to be able to move things from an inbox to a “To-do List” or similar structure and to have faith in that structure. As I stopped reliably checking my to-do list, I became progressively less able to move things out of the inbox.

But first my to-do list has to be able to say “I trust you,” to me

Yes, faith in to-do lists is the key to Inbox Zero.

I lost my faith.

And my inbox exploded.

If only I could say “I trust you,” to my to-do list.

But I imagine first my to-do list has to be able to say “I trust you,” to me.

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Written by Russell Brand

Russell has started three successful companies, one of which helped agencies of the federal government become very early adopters of open source software, long before that term was coined. His first project saved The American taxpayer 250 million dollars. In his work within federal agency, he was often called, “the arbiter of truth,” facilitating historically hostile groups and factions to effectively work together towards common goals

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