I hit a big milestone yesterday. At last the mail Gmail inbox hit 33,333!
I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time! I’m finally ready for step 2 of the 33,333 Inbox Strategy. And, productivity-wise, this strategy is a game changer.
I’m sure you’ve been wondering: How does he find the time to write these heavily researched articles every day? And do all the artwork? And take care of the family? And work on the 365 Day Art for Food Challenge? And run the other business? And on and on. It seems impossible? Does he have a staff of hundreds?
Nope. It’s a one human show. But there are many secrets behind such impressive output. I will share them over time. Starting right now!
A massive productivity secret, UNLEASHED!
If you haven’t heard of it, it’s pretty much the same as the Zero Inbox strategy, but it takes a great deal more work to get there. TRUST ME IT’S WORTH IT!
Let’s face it. Zero Inbox is easy. Literally anyone can sign up for gmail. (When I joined you needed to be invited by someone that was already using it. It was a sign of how cool you were. THOSE DAYS ARE LONG GONE. YOU DON’T NEED TO BE COOL ANYMORE!) Then you just start with zero, and keep it like that. No big deal, right.
There’s not way to fake 33,333. THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS. ARE YOU READY TO PUT IN THE WORK!
IT’S THE ONLY WAY TO SUCCEED!
(I should mention here that none of these 33,333 unread messages are from you. I’ve read everything you ever sent. AND ENJOYED THEM ALL, TOO! ALL 33,333 WERE FROM OTHER PEOPLE. DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT! And if you did send something, and are waiting for a response, you’ll get it soon. It might be one of the 201 drafts that are on the go!)
8 steps to email freedom
There are 8 steps in the 33,333 inbox strategy.
1–> The first step is to get a gmail address. All of the good names are taken. Yours is going to suck. But that’s what you get for starting this late in the game. That part doesn’t really matter, anyway. Use this email address as you normally do. Subscribe to lists. Send and receive messages. Do your thing. This will take roughly 15 years.
2-8–> You can just copy 2-8 from this Fast Company article that I skimmed: The 7-Step Guide To Achieving Inbox Zero—And Staying There—In 2018
Staying stress-free while living in a mine field
This brings me to another point.
As I mentioned before, I was an early adopter of Gmail. I got started back when it was cool. This was sometime in 2004. I don’t remember the exact day. BUT I SHOULD! This means that the good people at Google have been reading all of my messages for almost 15 years! They know literally every single thing about me.
This means that if they ever go berserk like Facebook and start selling off my ‘data,’ I’m toast!
Whatever company they sell me to will be able to show me ads that will work with 100% certainty. I WILL PROBABLY BECOME THEIR CUSTOMER FOR LIFE!
Talk about living a life of fear!
AND THERE’S NO WAY OUT!
It’s like walking on pins and needles, every day.
But that’s life in the fast lane for you…