I just gave myself a wonderful Christmas gift, one that I never thought I’d ever achieve. As of 9 a.m. today, I officially got my GeekWire email account — john@geekwire.com — down to zero email messages.

That’s no small achievement given the daily barrage of email that hits technology journalists like us. On any given day, my GeekWire co-founder Todd Bishop and I receive hundreds of emails. We try to read each one, but that’s not always doable, meaning canned press releases and other correspondences often end up in the trash (or piling up in my inbox).

Even with a rapid delete button, it’s hard to keep up, and I usually fall behind with hundreds of emails stacked in my inbox. (Ah, life as a tech journalist. Isn’t it so much fun!)

I realize that today’s achievement is kind of sad. I am sitting here on Christmas morning watching SMU play Fresno State in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl while deleting and archiving emails.

But everyone in my family is still asleep. The gifts are all wrapped. And, when I noticed I was hanging at about 50 email messages earlier this morning, I decided to make a mad dash and just go for it.

It feels a bit eery seeing the blank white space in my inbox. And I am not quite sure where to go from here now that I’ve achieved the coveted “inbox zero” status.

But before I get too excited and break out the bubbly, there’s another email inbox to handle. Yep, that’s right. I operate two email handles, and my other longstanding gmail account is kind of beyond help.

As of this morning, its inbox count stood at 1,849 messages.


I don’t think I’ll be tackling that project today. It’s time to celebrate the holidays. And there’s always next year.

Happy holidays everyone. Here’s to more email clutter in the new year!

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  • http://blog.calbucci.com/ Marcelo Calbucci

    Cue “funny” person who will send you an email just about now congratulating you about the accomplishment.

  • etrever

    Select-All, Delete.

  • http://twitter.com/Vroo Vroo (Bruce Leban)

    Congrats. Personally I’m going at this the other way. I figure when I go past 99999 it will wrap to 00000 like cars used to do.

  • http://twitter.com/DarrenGAustin Darren G. Austin

    Inbox zero is the best feeling in the world. I try to close out every year that way if I can. Congrats!

  • Guest

    Merry Christmas, John! I gave up on Inbox Zero myself, instead going with “Flag Zero.” When a message comes in, I flag it if it requires my attention. When I’m done, I unflag it. I usually have 20-30 flags at any moment in time, so when I get down to zero, I consider myself to be in a good spot.

  • Traceh

    I just want to know where to get the ‘badge’ in the picture. We could definitely use them in my office.

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