Ben Brooks was kind enough to respond [2. 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.] 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.