I was wondering about inbox best practices? Do you guys like to use inbox as a temporary buffer before you sort the times to where they really below (i.e. like downloads folder on desktop)? Or do you like to leave misc tasks in inbox? I’ve been doing the latter but now my inbox was swollen like crazy and I’m thinking I could be mistaken.
My best practice is that I need the GTD system (OmniFocus as the heart of the system) to be trusted. Meaning when I return to my system everything is in it and I am presented with the next thing to do, all the time. This needs a Routine.
I use the Inbox indeed for collecting all the stuff (including email that needs more than 4 minutes of work) but I have a Routine in the morning (Reveille) and at the end of the day (Closure) to clean out the Inbox. In this way, my system remains “trusted”. I have written a blog post about the concept here.
I even use as Ring widget to determine if I did all the routine tasks (green ring = trusted, in this case I need to do 10 actions more (weekly review) to achieve a trusted system):