Kicking Off The Dust Of This Old Email: The Zero-Message In-Box

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On August 23, 2014, I moved out of my email program. The place had grown crowded and overwhelming, a musty storeroom crammed with teetering boxes of stuff that was mostly necessary, but much too hard to manage.

I wanted to spend more of my time in the rest of my work, which is a lot more fun and many times more productive. I wanted to hang out in our team project-management app, where the light is better and there are other people. (And, not incidentally, I’m paying for it every month.)

So over the course of fourteen days — an hour before work, two or three hours after, and three weekends of very long days — I reduced my email from 16,500 and change to zero.  Read more

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