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How Many Unread Messages Are in Your Inbox?

Inbox unread items

Last week I wrote about four steps that have helped me keep my email inbox under control. I mentioned my wife’s interesting inbox, where she has over 7000 unread messages in her main email account. I wonder if that is some sort of record. Whether it is or it isn’t, I’m curious how many unread messages you have in your inbox. Let us know in the comments.

The number of unread items in my inbox varies from zero to maybe 20 at any time. It’s never 20 for long, though. I don’t like to use my inbox as a holding area for tasks, any more than I’d want to stuff mail back into my physical mailbox to save for a later date. I aim to zero out my inbox every couple of days. As I go through it, if a message  requires action on my part that will take more than a minute or two, I move that message over to OmniFocus as a task.

How many unread items are in your email inbox? By “unread,” I mean the unread count that your email app or service reports, even if you’ve actually already read the message and marked it as unread.