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As recently as a decade ago, phone calls and face-to-face conversations were the dominant forms of communication in most of the business world. Heavy computer, internet, and email usage was only common in certain sectors and job functions.

Flash forward to today, when the average worker sends and receives over 120 business emails per day and spends nearly 30 percent of the workweek managing email. When business email exchanges are combined with personal ones on a global scale, it amounts to 205 billion sent emails each day—a number that is expected to increase over 16 percent to 246 billion emails in 2019. As you may have guessed, this upward trend is a worrisome matter.

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The world needs more champions like Devin D. Thorpe.

An author, speaker and blogger for social good, Devin has big goals for humanity. But between speaking engagements around the world, helping nonprofits tap into crowdfunding and writing about social entrepreneurship for Forbes, it’s tricky finding time for his magnum opus: a book on how to solve the world’s biggest problems by 2045.

Before solving the world’s problems, it turns out, he first needed to solve one of his own. A daily barrage of more than 300 emails was keeping him chained to his inbox, unable to move forward on his world-changing projects.

“I found myself just constantly in my inbox, and I panicked when I wasn’t.”

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SaneConnect analyzes your team’s email network to identify who has connections at other organizations and how strong those connections are.

BOSTON, October 20, 2015SaneBox, the company that restores sanity to your inbox, announced today the launch of a new product: SaneConnect. SaneConnect is a fast and easy way to identify which of your colleagues have connections at other organizations, as well as the strength of those connections. Its mission is to empower users to never send a cold email again.

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Kelly Sue - Happy SaneBox UserKelly Sue DeConnick conjures up heroes and villains every day. So when her inbox grew out of control and threatened to overtake her sanity, she knew she needed a hero.

A comic book and television writer living in Portland, Ore., Kelly was drowning in emails about her various projects—including comics such as Captain Marvel, Bitch Planet and Pretty Deadly. The relentless stream made her feel, to borrow a metaphor from writer Merlin Mann, like she was living in a rainstorm.

“It’s constant, there’s nothing you can do to stop it, and you cannot catch all the raindrops,” she said. “I just get so much mail, I absolutely cannot keep up with it.”

In addition to her work as a creative professional, Kelly Sue juggles being both a mom and the wife of a fellow comic book writer. With so much to do, she had trouble getting through her legitimate emails each day, much less the low-priority and junk messages. (The garbage does tend to pile up when you’re an early internet adopter who’s had the same easy-to-remember email address for years.) Continue Reading…

Bill Liao Email Triage Quote

Post highlights:

  • The key to a powerful flow is to reduce the number of incomplete things in your life.
  • You have a huge level of control over your email if you choose to take hold of it
  • Email is not broken we just use it the wrong way. The trick is triage.
  • It is a mistake to think that by leaving an important email in your inbox you will handle it.

Guest post by Bill Liao, Co-founder of and Indie.Bio, Founder of

Motivation is like a well spring, it flows from deep within you and flows strongest when you are in a mindful flow state during your day.

Every incomplete thing in your awareness disturbs your flow which then has the knock on effect of reducing / killing your motivation.

The key then to a powerful flow is to reduce the number of incomplete things in your life.

Most people see external causes for the incomplete things in their lives and thus each new incompletion is doubly disempowering.

Email on the surface looks like the ultimate, uncontrollable, external influence.

The truth is far different. You have a huge level of control over your email if you choose to take hold of it.

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SaneBox Inbox Zero Academy Diploma Seal

Here at SaneBox, we are firm believers in lifelong learning. And, in case you couldn’t tell, we’re also big fans of productivity. Because one of today’s biggest detriments to productivity is email, we decided to combine our love for learning with what we know best: how to stop wasting your life in your inbox so you can focus on the things that really matter. The result? Our brand new, tried and true Inbox Zero Academy.

What is the Inbox Zero Academy?

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