Daily Motivation – Thought Of The Day
So, I just spent the last 2 hours getting my 3 email accounts to 0. Yes, 0! I know, I know, unbelievable!
I was motivated after rereading David Allen’s, Getting Things Done, where he talks about the power of 0. 0 unread emails. 0 open loops. Extreme focus and clarity.
Sounds awesome. It’s incredibly tough to do, but worth the time.
What’s In Your Draft Folder
The most powerful thing about this whole process was when I looked at the 10+, 20+ and even 50+ (depending on the account) emails that were still ‘unsent’ in my ‘Draft‘ folder.
So, of course I had to see what was in there! And…it was amazing. I saw emails that I wanted to send, started to send, but didn’t. Didn’t completely follow through. There were emails regarding work and job opportunities. There were emails to old friends asking me questions ranging from “what are you doing on Friday”, to “What are your thoughts on this major life decision?” There were some directed at people I wanted to get into contact with for the first time.
When I looked at all these “Draft” emails, I just thought about opportunities that were left on the table. And hey, maybe for good reason. But there were also some emails that I KNOW I should have responded to and sent out.
So why? Why did I have all these open loops? All these unfulfilled messages? So much unfinished business.
Did I tell myself in that moment, “Let me finish this when I have more time to think about.”
Was I unsure about what to say or do?
I can’t go back in time and recreate what I was thinking. But, it’s still something worth thinking about. How would my life have been different if I took those jobs? How would someone else’s life be different if I responded to all those emails?
Now, I’m not beating myself up, just reflecting. I’m actually very, very happy I didn’t take any of those jobs and created my own! Ha!
So…what’s in your draft folder? What story does your draft folder tell about you? Who is waiting for your response? What connections should have been made already? Why haven’t you given a clear yes or no already? What open loops do you still have?
Let that marinate!
All the best,