Summary:

Amazon’s Jeff Barr has admitted to being one of those folks with too many unanswered email messages piled up. But unlike some, he didn’t declare email bankruptcy. Instead, he’s worked out a systematic plan for getting out of trouble: Don’t get further behind Set aside time […]

Amazon’s Jeff Barr has admitted to being one of those folks with too many unanswered email messages piled up. But unlike some, he didn’t declare email bankruptcy. Instead, he’s worked out a systematic plan for getting out of trouble:

  • Don’t get further behind
  • Set aside time to work on the backlog
  • Track your progress

What makes this method work – with email or any other giant backlog you’re trying to clear up – is the tracking. If you actually get the daily numbers down where you can see them, it becomes impossible to fool yourself about whether you’re making progress – and you get additional motivation to get to zero. Try it yourself if you’re in a similar situation!

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