A more cluttered inbox to make you more focussed.
[What if your mails were displayed as letters on a table]
The general inbox is basically a list of subjects and senders marked in bold when unread, but most emails aren’t equal and aren’t that important as they are marked. I also miss a sort of visually different appearance in emails that will allow me to quickly skim through to what is important.
In the very old days people would receive letters from friends and corporate mails with great stamps from the very institutions. Honestly I believe we can be much more clear headed when we would bring that back. Going back to just two mail man bringing in letters a day. A slower web basically where you first sort out letters before you reply them.
Virtual letters on a stack, yes it’s going to be more cluttered. But why? So many bloggers opt for an empty inbox, teach you how to avoid reading emails and stay focussed. My favorite ‘guru’ is Leo Babauta who wrote even an online book about it.
A recent research done at the Rijksunversiteit in Groningen (The Netherlands) shows us people actually think clearer with cluttered desks!
Let’s get Mail Man of the ground: letters with stamps, envelopes falling into one box: your computer. You divide first, you open, read carefully and then you reply. Yes it’s better.