Email Isn’t The Thing You’re Bad At

So here’s the thing that you’re bad at, which is why none of the fifty different email apps you’ve bought for your phone have fixed the problem: when you get these messages, you aren’t making a conscious decision about:
– how important the message is to you
– whether you want to act on them at all
– when you want to act on them
– what exact action you want to take
– what the consequences of taking or not taking that action will be

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How to deal with email overload

Hsieh hasn’t “solved email” – spoiler alert: nobody ever will – but after testing his system, I can report that it makes things much saner. He calls it“Yesterbox”, because the premise is that you should stop focusing on email received today, except when urgent, and instead try to deal with everything that came in yesterday.

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How I Tamed the Email Beast at Work

Of course, even in this world of real-time, multichannel collaboration, there’s a limited place for email. It’s great for first contact. When I’m reaching out to someone for the first time or making an introduction, I use email. When I need to recap and confirm the results of a face-to-face meeting or phone conversation, or map out a plan of action, email is often the most effective and concise way to get that across.

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