Email Prioritization System
Brad Feld has a good post on continuous partial attention. That sounds pretty much like what the Gotham Gal and my kids complain that I give them.
But in his post, Brad describes something I need (and might also address some of my continuous partial attention issues).
Brad calls it an "email prioritization system".
It's the next step for spam filters.
As Brad explains:
“email prioritization systems” (e.g. spam has priority=null, email from Amy or my mother has priority=immediate, email from my partners has priority=high) where the priorities are automatically tuned by my pci based on my behavior things become more interesting. Finally – add one more layer of abstraction – my pci knows when I am ready to received different priorities and presents them to me only when I’m ready (e.g. I always get interrupted by Amy or my mom, I sometimes get interrupted by my partners depending on the thing I’m working on, but it always comes at the top of the queue, etc.) – and you’re really getting into an interesting zone. Of course, delivering it one time on the appropriate device (computer, cell phone, television, carrier pigeon) in the right location is a key part of this.
I need this system immediately.
As this blog has grown I am getting ever more email. And its all good. And I try like hell to reply to all of it. In the process, I miss emails from my mom. It happened a couple weeks ago. I totally blew off my mom. Not cool.
So if I am totally blowing off your email, don't feel too bad. I am giving you the same priority I gave my mom.
I need one of these email prioritization systems badly. If you've got one, please let me know ASAP.