Where I live it’s hot in the summer,  it often rains in the afternoon and you can almost see plants grow in the garden. Unfortunately,  it’s not only the plants – the same can be said for the weeds. Yesterday I pulled a weed out of a flower pot that was the size of a small,  thorny bush!

I swear it must have grown that much in a week!

You can go out in the garden an pull weeds,  but the next morning it seems like they are all back again. That reminds me of my inbox. Once you start paying attention to how and where you spend your time, Im sure the inbox is a time thief of gigantic proportions.
The other day I read a forum post where someone said “I’ve had to start unsucbscribing from most gurus – they just try to sell me stuff”.
I was pleased to see that I’m not alone.
For weeks now I’ve been on am mission of unsubscribing from newsletters I no longer read,  people who send me nothing but sales pitches  (you know who you are),  and topics I no longer have time to read. But even if I’m on a mission to unsubscribe to non-essentials – the inbox is still a bit of a chore every day.
A couple of months back I found my way to GTD.  I read the book, sort of went through the process,  but what ended up remaining with me was the sorting of the inbox.
The way you sort items into next action, to do, errands, some day, projects etc. in GTD works really well for me.  At least in the inbox.
As you know, I use gmail.  I love that I can label and colorcode, but most of all, I like that I can send emails from different email addresses.  If you’re running several websites, this function alone is a life saver.
I created special GTD labels in my inbox @next_action, @todo, @project, @reference, @waiting. I’m using the sign “@” so that the labels got placed first in my label list – above my other labels such as “joe”, “recipes” etc.
I also have an embarrassing category called @read – I’ll get back to that one in a little bit.
I label or delete or archieve things in my inbox with this system.  I try to not keep anything in the inbox other than next action items.  The problem is always to make a decision on what to do with a particular email.
Do I want to keep it?  If so, should I label it @reference, @read, @todo or @next_action? The @read is not a GTD category, it’s one that I had to create for myself because I couldn’t decide what to do with some of my emails.  Those end up in @read.  Usually it’s a newsletter or press release or something I would like to take a look at – just not today.
Really,  I should be able to not use this @read category at all – but it’s a middlestep for me, while I get used to this process.  Hopefully I’ll be able to reduce the amount of @reads I get so I don’t have to sort emails twice.
Sometimes you just need to give yourself a break – and realize that to make change takes time – so that’s what I do with my @read folder.  I know my system isn’t perfect, and I’m still working on ways to refining it.  I’ll make sure to keep you updated on the progress.
For me, it was a great step forward when I actually had…gasp!…an empty inbox after a session of cleaning.  Even though it only lasted for 10 minutes. Now if I could only get to the garden in the same shape.

People talk about it, but no one could really tell me what it does, or what it’s good for. Then I found this video — it was an aha-moment for me, because I have this problem all the time. If you work with clients and deal with long email conversations, you’ll recognize this too. Is Google Wave going to help keeping email conversations from becoming huge misunderstandings? Take a look.

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Posted by Tom Kulzer (AWeber CEO)

Your web business probably gets product inquiries from potential customers around the globe. Inquiries come via e-mail and your web site, and you try to send information to each hot prospect as quickly as you can. You know that you can drastically increase the likelihood of making a sale by satisfying each person’s need for information quickly!

But, after you’ve delivered that first bit of information to your prospect, do you send him any further information?

If you are like most Internet marketers, you don’t.

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I know you’ve heard it before – you need to start building a list. Everyone knows that it’s easier to sell your existing customers, so it makes sense that you should build a list. It just doesn’t make sense when you don’t have a lot of customers. Why do I need to market to that little group of clients?

Basically, you’re going to have to start somewhere. It’s important to start a new routine, and the more you do something, the easier it gets. So why wait? Why not start now and test what works for you?

The hardest part about building a list is getting people to sign up to receive information from you. Let’s face it. We all have inboxes full of offers and newsletters we don’t really want. So you need to put yourself in your reader’s shoes. What do they want? What do you have to offer?

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[By: Beka Ruse]

In 1936, long before the rise of the personal computer, Hormel Foods created SPAM. In 2002, the company will produce it’s six billionth can of the processed food product. But that mark was passed long ago in the world of Internet spam.

* Who Cooked This!? (How did it all start?)
* Why Does Bad Spam Happen to Good People?
* Stop The Flood to Your Inbox
* Stay Off Spammed Lists in the Future
* Think You’re Not a Spammer? Be Sure.
* The Final Blow

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Email Program

There are two ways to send and receive email. You can use an email program installed on your computer, like Outlook or Eudora, or you can use an online web mail account such as gmail, yahoo or hotmail.

Many people have lots of websites and lots of email addresses to keep up with. For example, you might use one email address for your private email, and another email address for your business.

We prefer using gmail. It’s easy, and you can always get to your email even when you’re traveling. I also like the fact that I can set up gmail to automatically label my email or toss it directly into folders for me. It makes it easy if you can color-code or label incoming mail; sort it in folders and so on.

Lately, I’ve started to use gmail as my GTD organizer. I label things according to actions needed, such as next-action, waiting, to do etcetera. It works well for me.

The rules function in gmail  is just awesome. Some of my customer service requests I automatically forward to our customer service representative for example. My son’s soccer schedule automatically forwards to him.

I used outlook for a very long time, and it has some great functions with mail merge and group emails and so on. But I have to say, that gmail can do most things just as well. I create groups frequently. For example, I have created a group for soccer parents in our car pool group. Whenever I need to send out a schedule change or something, I just send a quick email to the group instead.

Another big reason I started using gmail was the problem we had with spam. When I used outlook I constantly had to spend time fighting the virus problems and sort a lot of spam. The problem with getting viruses on my computer completely disappeared when we started with gmail. Also, the spam filter is excellent. I hardly see any spam anymore.

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