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The Inbox Monster Again

Two weeks ago, I wrote "Damn Inbox - I'm Not Doing Anything Until It's Empty" - and then I cleared it out.

Now the sucker is back up to 45 messages. How'd that happen?

I think here's what happened -

1. My email volume has been going up, and I haven't adjusted to a new routine for it. Before I'd go into my inbox, clear a third of it when I had free time waiting for something, and then do that twice more in the day, and it'd be empty at the end of the day. Now, I'm going to need to set aside more time for it.

2. I'm answering/replying/writing a lot more emails, so it feels like it should be empty - but then I'm leaving one or two messages there that weren't there at the end of the day. This is like spending more money than you've got coming in - it's going to catch up with you sooner or later.

Don't Communicate Helplessness, Especially If You Feel Helpless

On The Best of Sett

Okay, I've almost got all my email inboxes almost empty now.

I get a ton of mail. I hired an assistant and automated some of it, and I still get a ton of mail. More than I can answer normally.

I'm gradually building more systems, both technology, decisionmaking, and people to process all of this, because I have opportunities worth a lot of cash, a lot of cool stuff, and a lot of ability to connect with interesting people sitting in my inbox. At any given time, there's probably 3-4 very interesting things buried in the dozens of mails I get.

And I also get a kick out of helping people. I like getting and answering questions when I can.

But then I realized, one particular type of questioning makes me cringe, and I dont want to write back to people that write like that.

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