Anybody got a good way to avoid this problem?
I need info in my e-mail. I go into my e-mail, Gmail defaults to showing me the inbox, so I see new stuff and respond to it, or read it, and get distracted enough that I forgot what I even logged in to do, until I log out, think, "What was I doing again?" and realize that I needed to check my mail, and log back in.
At which point, in instances of true stupidity, the whole cycle begins again.
I think maybe I should turn off Google Notifier and instead have all new e-mail go into a folder called "New But Not Necessarily Worthy Of Inbox Status." Or probably some shorter thing. The real problem, though, isn't "inbox status," it's the fact that Gmail defaults to an inbox view instead of a search view.
It's funny, actually, because they got simple UI so right on the main site, but they screwed it up so badly on Gmail. Gmail has amazing strengths, but the user interface is so absurdly overkill that the system I use to search my mail often distracts me from searching it. Can we say "lost productivity"? Jesus.