More on mail rules

Ben Brooks was kind enough to respond 1 to my post on email management which referenced his. Ben:

“I have great respect for the fact that Dave Caolo reads each email, treating them all the same, but that doesn’t and won’t work for me. Nor do I think I would want to do that, when you send me an email that I am copied in on along with 50 other people, without even referencing me in the email, here is what crosses through my mind:

‘This person clearly just wants to show how important they are by wasting 50 peoples time all at once. Bastard.'”

The feeling is mutual, Ben. I want to reinforce that I wasn’t suggesting my inbox management routine is The One True Way. I quite like Ben’s clever Mail rules, which is why I shared them with TUAW’s readers. Whatever trusted system works for you is the one you should use.

My email management philosophy is this:

Stuff > [Process] > Trusted System > Action

“Process” is the variable. However you define it, as long as it promotes efficient progress through the final steps, is fine with me.

  1. Incidentally, this is the type of conversation between bloggers that I enjoy. I’m much happier to write a thoughtful post than drop a knee-jerk comment on Ben’s blog, and vice versa.