PRODUCTIVITY IN PLAINTEXT

Suffice to say, I have a healthy dose of scepticism for any productivity solution that has a huge manual, many software dependencies, a steep learning curve or encourages excessive config file twiddling. While I appreciate their technical approach most of the time, these tools can end up being counter-productive. There’s just too much friction and too much discipline required for systematic use. So I have come back to basics. Very little discipline required, simple to use, very clear results.

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The Triumph of Email

The novelty, at some point, faded. Since 1999, Internet use has increased more than tenfold—with the global online population going from about 280 million people to more than 3 billion people, according to Internet Live Stats. Email volume appears to be growing, still, but its share of overall electronic communication has shrunk.

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A simple script to postpone your own email

Instead of using the inbox as the “email task manager”, I use a folder named “Today”. I’ve tried both alternatives, and I find that it works best for me. Since it separates new tasks from tasks I’ve already processed, I can work my entire day on “Today” and totally forget about the Inbox, even if new email is arriving.

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Top 10 Tips for Managing your Email over the Holidays

Now, if you have a role where you can avoid checking your Email entirely – more power to you (and I am jealous)! Enjoy your time off and off-line!

But if you are like many of us, this just isn’t an option. I’m not advocating spending a lot of time reviewing or responding to your Emails. But some studies have even found that “not checking” your Email at all can actually result in more stress and anxiety then performing occasional checking!

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We are really excited to unveil Missive, a new kind of email app built to let teams collaborate right in their inboxes.

In Missive, all email conversations can be shared with teammates. Every email received by two or more people from the same team will automatically be shared between them.
When you share a conversation, the magic happens: you can see who has seen, archived or starred the conversation. You can even see who is looking at the conversation right now.

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