Is email evil?

All this (tools to fix email) is out there, but we’re not using it. Not enough of us, at least, and not enough of the time. This, I suspect, is because email doesn’t want us to. All those inboxes want to be fed. They want to make bad habits easy, and good ones just hard enough to put us off. They want it to be just too much trouble for most people and firms to change the way they work

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Email is broken – how to fix it

Dredze imagines a future in which artificially intelligent personal assistants such as Apple’s Siri or Microsoft’s newly announced Cortana will, as part of their workload, keep an eye on your email for you. “The novel way to think about it is to imagine that there’s an automated person who’s trying to manage your life but who has access to your inbox,” he says.

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7 Things You Should Outsource Starting Tomorrow

However, before you outsource it, you can clean up 75% of your email, by doing these simple things:

Search “unsubscribe” in your inbox, and unsubscribe from 90% of your newsletters (minus this one of course).
Remove social media notifications, or create filters that automatically tag them as “read” or “archived”, and file them away in a dedicated folder.

Once you do that, give your VA instructions to clean out your inbox using the guidelines below

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This Startup Has Saved Its Users Billions Of Minutes By Cleaning Up Their Email Inboxes

When you sign up for Unroll.Me, the site scans your inbox in about two minutes and curates a list of everything you have subscribed to. You can then unsubscribe from as many emails as you like simply by clicking a button. And from the leftover subscriptions you’re actually interested in, you can add them to your “Rollup,” which combines all of the newsletters’ information into one email to declutter your inbox.

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Developers: stop re-AOLizing the web!

When developers choose to lock-in to an ecosystem like Google, they also lock in users. And that’s when innovation dies: users’ choice is restricted, so they demand less (and alternatives don’t get developed). By using it myself, I’m helping depress demand for a good email client that works with multiple providers. That’s not a good thing because it means I’ll have less choice.

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How To Outsource Your Inbox – 2

Emails are a very personal thing. They are your online voice, they represent who you are and what you do, they set your customer service level and are the start to many of your work processes. With careful planning you can free yourself from your inbox without compromising on any of the above. Delegated correctly, you will be more efficient, more productive and more focused than you ever thought possible!

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How to Outsource Your Inbox

Some people hail delegating emails as the best thing since sliced bread, others go on a rampage about how much control you’ll lose if you disconnect from your inbox.

My take is somewhere in the happy middle. How much of your inbox and email activity you can delegate is only limited to the amount of comfort you feel towards letting go of the reigns so to speak and the proactive stance you’re willing to take to set up an outsourced inbox properly.

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Inbox Unchained: Mailbox just fixed email on the iPhone

Months before Mailbox was even a figment of Gentry Underwood’s imagination, he set out to fix Orchestra. He and his team first looked to David Allen’s famous GTD process, a methodology for “getting things done” built on a disciplined adherence to a strict set of rules. “With GTD you replace a latent anxiety with a real peace of mind around doing, delegating, deferring, or dropping tasks,” Underwood says. But GTD doesn’t work for many people because it requires training yourself to “develop hygienes,” — new skills that revolve around repeatedly checking task folders like Tomorrow, This Week, Next Week, and Someday. Forcing users to become “GTD ninjas” (as they’re called) couldn’t fix his to-do startup.

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