“I’ve been fighting a losing battle against my inbox for 4 or 5 years…I was having serious problems with losing urgent emails. I was just lost in all the clutter.”
Emily spends her days encouraging space enthusiasts to explore the final frontier. But somehow she kept getting lost in the outer limits of her inbox.
As the senior editor and planetary evangelist for the Planetary Society—a nonprofit organization dedicated to space research and exploration—Emily blogs about everything from drilling on Mars to the moons that orbit Pluto. She also writes about space science for Sky & Telescope Magazine. From the latest planetary news to emails from her nonprofit’s membership base, she’s got a lot to keep track of.
Staring into the vastness of space? Fascinating. Staring into her inbox? Terrifying.
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.
Fast 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.
- 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 CoderDojo.com and Indie.Bio, Founder of WeForest.org
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.