The CATCH System

The other day I tweeted that I had my inbox down to zero - and I realized I never really have talked about how I made that happen.

Enter: The CATCHsystem

It's a project that my good friend and fellow grad student TJ Wolfe has spearheaded.  In essence he is pushing for educators of all levels to learn how to process all of the information that comes at us every day in our inboxes.  And while I modified his approach a bit for my own inbox, I've been at zero emails for almost four months.

(Jeez, that sounds like an AA meeting...)

He even quotes me on his page!
"I love anything that shifts my focus - helps me to see things in a new and different way. These shifts are even more spectacular when they shift how the present occurs for me. This system opened my eyes to an inbox that is actually in my control. As soon as I saw the system, the flowchart, and the support documents my mind instantly associated the workflow ideas into color codes. When I sat down to take charge over my email I decided that I would need four basic categories for my incoming email: - Red >> These items needed my attention within the next 24-48 hours. - Yellow >> These emails need action from me but could wait more than 2 days. - Green >> These emails fell into the "if and when" category - meaning when I actually had spare time - Blue >> This includes all emails that I receive that aren't directed to me or that I want to keep but don't need to read carefully. It took a committed effort to get my multiple inboxes down to 0 - but I've been at 0 now for over a month. And I'm thinking that I'm going to have to get another hobby or something due to the huge amount of time that I've gotten back!"
~Matthew Kruger-Ross Graduate Student & Blogger

Go check him out ( and give his ideas a try.  You'll be shocked.  I know I was.


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