Coexisting with email

A radical inbox declutter

Hi there!

Raise your hand if you've ever been personally victimized by your email inbox? *Raises hand.* Taking my own advice, I paid attention to what part of my digital life was causing me the most stress. Email was the number one offender. I had to do what I had to do.

Below are five things I thought were worth sharing this week:

  1. After years of despair and slight email-ptsd, I radically decluttered my email and online accounts to minimize digital overwhelm. For years, I felt obligated to process every message that arrived in my inbox. What I failed to realize was that I can choose to not deal with most it at all. It’s been very liberating.

  2. I’m on the last chapter of Adam Alter’s book, Irresistible: Why you are addicted to technology and how to set yourself free. Alter explores various famous psychological studies to illustrate how technology hooks us and what we can do about it. There’s also a lot of stuff on video game addiction and how technology uniquely affects children and teens.

  3. I watched How to Achieve Inbox Zero - 4 Email Productivity Hacks by Thomas Frank. Some of his advice include, don't use your email inbox as a task manager, dedicate a specific time of the day for email processing, and clear out the emails which don't require any action from you.

  4. A quote I have been pondering: “A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention” by Herbert A. Simon. Ain’t that the truth?

  5. Nir Eyal is known for writing a famous guidebook for designing technology people can’t put down. He then wrote another guidebook for controlling our technology addiction. Ah, well. In this post, Eyal shares with us how he is tackling his email problem using what he knows about the psychology of habits.

That’s all for this week!

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Until next time… :)

Mehret


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