I don’t understand Fake Inbox Zero. It’s the idea that your inbox should always have zero messages. As distinct from Actual Inbox Zero:
“It’s about how to reclaim your email, your attention, and your life. That “zero?” It’s not how many messages are in your inbox–it’s how much of your own brain is in that inbox. Especially when you don’t want it to be. That’s it.” – Merlin Mann
The Fake Inbox Zero and Hardcore GTDers don’t make any sense to me. Let’s study my e-mail from a random 24-hour period:
If I was a Fake Inbox Zeroer or Hardcore GTDer, I’d have to take 22 actions in almost as many hours. For them, every e-mail requires a response, a postpone (into a task system or similar) or an explicit ignore.
What I actually do is I opt-in to my e-mail. I took two actions: I took action on #12 and on #15. The others are just sitting in my inbox. I’m not going to do anything with them, but I don’t have to delete them either. They can just sit there.
I have over 5,000 messages in my inbox just sitting there. It would be pretty easy to “Select All, Delete.” But if you wait half an hour, I’ll have another message in the inbox. Why spend a lot of time cleaning up a mess that anyone can make?
(While I was deciding if I needed to write any more for this article, I got another e-mail. It required no action.)