the problem with email

Jay Clouse productivity

Inbox Zero is one of my biggest traps. I’m an email-aholic; to my own detriment. Most of my email-related tasks are reactive: coordinating meeting times, responding to questions, and reading newsletters.

So as far as fake work goes, it’s my number one offender.

I’ve gotten better recently, and it was because of a conversation I had with a friend and subscriber to this newsletter, Val Geisler.

You know, no one on their deathbed ever says, ‘boy I’m glad I reached inbox zero 634 times in my life.’

Maybe a little hyperbolic, but definitely helps keep things in perspective. Email should be prioritized and regarded as a tool, not a task.


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