Your weekly activity report now declares your “ranking” amongst the other SaneBox users. What does this number mean?
The idea behind the ranking is to give each SaneBox user points for good email behavior and take away points for bad behavior. Your overall count reflects this algorithm. And your particular ranking is meant to nudge users to develop better email habits.
The ultimate SaneBox user would do the following:
1. Process their email the first time you open it. (deal with it and then file,archive,delete or defer it)
2. do a good job of declaring as much email as possible unimportant.
David Allen in GTD says to focus on the most important thing **now**. And avoid getting distracted by the shiny stuff. You can only do this if you are willing to admit that there are lots of emails that are unimportant. In SaneBox parlance, this means that you get penalized for gratuitously making emails INBOX worthy. Seriously, do you need to know that your new toothbrush shipped in the last 5 minutes.
3. Process more email. Sorry those of you who get less email. We are rewarding the heavy lifting that some of our high bandwidth users are doing. But don’t give up, the other 3 rules can overcome this one.
4. Don’t fidget with your unimportant email. That stuff is unimportant for a reason. We put it in a separate folder so you won’t feel the siren call. If you can’t bear the feeling that you are missing something, have your email digest summary arrive more often.
We will be adding to these rules over time, but this gives you a sense of why you are super star or why you might need to change some of those bad email behaviors.