[Inbox Zero]’s a term that geeks use so we can convince ourselves that we’re winning the battle against communication overload. We’re not winning. We’re just selectively forgetting certain emails, half-responding to others, and if worse comes to worse, switching communication platforms. That’s not winning, that’s running.
— MG Siegler
I don’t think this is a problem with the concept of Inbox Zero and other task-management philosophies. Rather, it’s the most common failure case, and it’s a failure that I haven’t been able to overcome for email no matter which strategy or methodology I’ve employed.
I hereby admit defeat. I’m Marco, and despite my best intentions, I will probably never have the time to respond to your email.