January 4th, 2006 @ 9:48
a lot of the best fresh starts, this one’s a total psych-out; also,
like most of the best ones, you won’t believe how well it works until
you actually try it for yourself.
- Open your email program and create a new folder called “
- Go to your email inbox and
- You might alternatively choose all email older than n days
- Drag those emails from your inbox into the DMZ folder
- Go, and sin no more.
Is this the email equivalent of covering your ears and singing loudly? Not really. You still need to deal
with all the emails in your DMZ folder (personally I’d recommended
“archiving” anything older than 21 days), but, most importantly, you’re
drawing a line in the sand. You’re saying “Okay, starting this minute I quit letting ‘being behind’ stop me from making good decisions now
and going forward.” Hence the “fresh start.” Get it? Tomorrow morning
you arrive to a spanking fresh inbox and the chance to start anew. Of
course, using your fresh start to develop an actual new habit is
entirely optional, but it’s certainly more reachable than ever now,
Basically, this works at accomplishing the one thing you need more than anything else right now: to stop digging.
Think about it: how much stuff in your life has gotten unmanageable
simply because you decided at some point that you were too behind to
ever make a difference? More than anything you need a way to recover
these projects from the brink — to find the handle that lets you stop
making it worse and start seeing a way back toward daylight.
Battling the bulge in your email in box? Well here comes Merlin to your rescue…