Avoiding inbox panic

Elaine Moore writes:

Attention is a scarce and precious resource. Tech companies know this; that’s why they employ all sorts of tricks to keep you focused on their products. Allowing attention to be leached away by non-urgent work emails, even if there is no requirement to reply, feels instinctively unhealthy. If augmented reality wearables start beaming messages straight into our eyes, then the fight will be truly lost.

Instead of firing off messages late into the night, scheduling emails to arrive within working hours is a simple, sane solution. Not only is it less stressful for the recipient, but it also means messages are less likely to be read and forgotten. Reducing the number of emails that arrive out of hours is more polite, too. In the battle for attention, we should try fighting on the same side.

Fighting the email deluge is a major issue. Constant communication and the need to focus remains an issue. I practise the idea of inbox zero. It means using the available tools at my disposal.

I use email rules extensively. It means any email headers coming from the workplace are slotted out in individual folders and I can focus on the target instead. I fail to understand the need for workplace to communicate everything under the sun. Individual emails, though come in without filters.

It goes for my personal emails too- most of automated reminders are marked as read and moved to trash. As such, I deal with low rates of mails hitting my inbox and manages well. Attention spans are decreasing at a rapid pace, and these two little productivity hacks make it simple to maximise the time required to function efficiently.

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