Inbox Zero Makes Me Feel Frisky!

Meet my inbox.  I haven't seen the white screen of an empty inbox since April!  I've been jailed by my inbox since then and so many messages came in over the summer, I was up to 2300 this week!  Now, knowing that at least 1000 of it was spam, hidden in that inbox were some emails from some really great new websites, really cool teachers, and fascinating ideas.
So, when you get the mongo super-big blog post of links tomorrow morning, that is what happened.  There is some real link goodness in there and a lot of great new sites that are out.
I forwarded items I need to do to my special private email for remember the milk and then filed and archived things and replied and apologized to those who thought I just didn't care.
Over time, I've really come to appreciate the great, salt of the earth teachers who send notes of encouragement and kindness.  There are times that I consider quitting blogging but one of you always sends an email through feedburner to keep going.  I think every blogger goes through this and it is important to send encouragement to others.
Best wishes and give yourself a present – an inbox zero. (Just dont delete indiscriminately -capture those tasks, reply to people when you can handle it in less than 2 minutes, and file things you'll need – and don't forget to set up filters so you don't have to see emails you don't want to see any more!
I'm ready to get off the Internet — 2300+ emails and over 12 hours — I'm glad to be at inbox zero!  Are you?

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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John Larkin August 26, 2008 - 9:10 am

Nothing quite as cathartic as marking 400, 500, 600 or more blog posts as “read”. I occasionally need to do that. Perhaps I may miss a gem here or there. Yet, if a post was truly significant it will surely cross my radar further down the track.

Clearing the email inbox does not happen that often, but when it does, oh joy!
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