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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Meet Vanessa: One-stop marketing shop by day, volunteer firefighter on the weekend

As a freelance marketing professional, Melissa juggles everything from business development and graphic design to media outreach and event planning for a client roll that includes the seventh-largest healthcare system in the United States. As the wife of a career firefighter—and a volunteer herself—she juggles a demanding schedule at home.

Vanessa SaneBox Success Story

Busy does not begin to describe Vanessa. Staying organized helps her hold it all together—at least it did, until her silently mushrooming email inbox threatened to overwhelm her.

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I think a lot of us have a bad relationship with email. Be honest, how many times have you spent all day in email, feeling productive, only to realize later that you haven’t accomplished anything meaningful? I know I have. We compulsively check and manage our email, wasting valuable time on things that don’t matter. Continue Reading…

SaneBox Email Wall of Shame - Subscriber's Remorse

We’ve all been there. You buy something in-store and request an emailed copy of the receipt. Later that day, you sign up for online bill pay, book a weekend outing, and finally sign up for that social network you’ve been holding out on. You browse the network, find a lot of great content, and opt into a handful of e-newsletters. You receive confirmation emails from each of the day’s activities, and you’re happy to have them for reference.

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