Life Without Judgment

E-mail, and other ways people live on

Fact: I do not manage my inbox effectively. When I receive an urgent e-mail, something related to work or my children or a health issue, I handle it as soon as I can. Any other message I cannot address right away I keep in the inbox, thinking that its presence will remind me to respond later on. However, I receive so many e-mails a day that whatever I don’t handle drops out of my range of vision within a couple of hours, creating an “out of sight, out of mind” problem. Over time the un-handled e-mails build up. Add to this the fact that I neglect to delete small utilitarian e-mails (“Let’s have a conference call tomorrow,” “Yes my child can have a play date on Thursday,” and so on) and you h

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