Seems like just a few days ago that I was in front of a room, in Vegas, telling people about the importance of using rules, and any other sort of filtering mechanism, to get stuff out of your inbox so that the high-priority items are more easily located.
Imagine my surprise when I saw that Google is trying to automate that task in Gmail by identifying your “priority” items.
I will be really interested to see how well this works. The biggest hurdle to anyone getting a better grip on email productivity, in my opinion, is that thinking about rules, coming up with a strategy, implementing rules, and tweaking as time goes on, is work. It takes some time and effort invested to tame the inbox in order to help ourselves get to higher priority items quicker. If Google can automate that to some degree, it will go a long way toward that goal. We shall see, but I’m looking forward to having a priority inbox for my Gmail account. I’m sure I’ll have more to say once I’ve seen it in action.