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March 01, 2008

The Powers of 2 inbox

Powers of 2 chart

Like a lot of people, the size of my mail inbox is a constant source of anxiety for me. While I continue to work diligently on hacking through my email morass, I've been looking for a simple way to quantify just how much progress I'm making.

Nat Torkington came up with a great idea... measure the size of your inbox as a power of 2. Got 50 messages in your inbox? Your mailbox factor is 5. Got a thousand messages? Your mailbox factor is 9. (But be careful! Another couple dozen messages and you'll jump up into factor 10).

Right now I'm suffering under a mailbox of 11. Let's see if I can get it down to 10.

What do you think? Is this a good way to quantify mailbox anxiety?

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at March 1, 2008 04:41 PM