Multiple Inboxes almost allowed me some GTD-Fu
So, yesterday I set up additional mailboxes using Gmail Labs’ new Multiple Inboxes feature. Then I created a label called To Do and added “label:To Do” as one of my other inboxes (well, actually, my only other one). This slight tweak allowed me to move things from my capital-I Inbox to the To Do label, which was still there on the Inbox page, but since I changed the multiple inbox setting to put the additional collection points below the main inbox, it was slightly less intrusive. This was surprisingly effective at allowing me to not worry as much about those things down there since my Inbox was still technically empty. While I haven’t actually read GTD (though I do have it on hold at the library right now), I felt very GTDized by doing this.
That was, until today, when the Gmail couldn’t figure out how wide to make the page, and kept moving the right side back and forth. Now, granted, I’ve moved my chat and lables boxes to the right side, and have the Remember the Milk gadget, Google Calendar, and Google Documents on the left side, and I understand that aligning things like that is probably a recipe for disaster. That said, it works fine with just one Inbox… so, I’m stuck with that for now, and stuck waiting for GTD from the library to see how I can further adapt my Gmail set up. (For the record, I have tried the GTDInbox plugin and wasn’t really feeling it, and I’ve read a bunch of other ways to organize the Inbox as a Collection Point, but feel like I’ll be better able to understand what they’re meant to do once I’ve actually read the book).