In 2011 I will be tasks-focused

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It occurred to me the other day that my email infestation is actually more under my control than I might have been ready to admit.

You see, I use this simple and devious feature of Chrome called “pinning tabs”. It’s easy — just right click on a tab and pick “Pin Tab”:

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Instantly the tab minimizes to its favicon form and slides all the way to the left, cemented in place until you “unpin” it. This makes it super easy to access and find your favorite web sites and apps from that point forward.

What I didn’t realize when I started using this feature, however, is that what you pin matters. And what you pin leftmost matters most!

As you can see in the graphic at the top of this post, for most of 2010, Gmail occupied pole position — always there beckoning me to check and see what new email had arrived. It was like my own silent-movie version of the “You’ve got mail!” guy.

Even when I didn’t have new mail. (Which was basically never. Sigh.)

So, it’s a new year dedicated to “fitness” and what better way to get productively fit than to banish my inbox from such a ubiquitous spot in my browser? My new experiment is to keep the stand-alone version of Google Tasks pegged up there, constantly taunting me with the work I really should be doing.

So far so good. Who knows — maybe 2011 will be my most productive year yet!

So, what are doing to ensure your productivity in 2011?

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Originally published at on January 12, 2011.

Inventor of the hashtag. Ever-curious product designer and technologist. Previously: Google, Uber, Molly (YC W18).

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