2.Use your in­box as your in­box

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My usual habit with an email is to read it and re­ply, or read it, mark it ‘un­read’, think about it for a while, then stress out ev­ery time I look at it. It’s no won­der all my ‘un­read’ emails pile up. Burke­man of­fers four op­tions for deal­ing with a new email: delete it; ar­chive it; re­ply then ar­chive it; add a task to a sep­a­rate to-do list, then ar­chive it. That’s it. I write these four op­tions on a Post-it note taped to my screen to re­mind me.

WHAT I LEARNED:

Al­though this does make my to-do list slightly longer, the over­all ef­fect is the im­mense sat­is­fac­tion of ac­tu­ally clear­ing my emails. Plus, ev­ery­thing I have to do is now in one place.

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