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Dealing with email overload

Be the master of your inbox’s destiny, says Oliver Burkeman. Plan, prioritise and gain peace of mind

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Time travellers from centuries ago, when looking at email, might assume we’d lost our minds. After all, it’s a technology that allows anyone to interrupt you, whenever they like, at no cost to themselves. Even if you turn off message alerts, email still functions as a to-do list that anybody in the world can add to. So, if you deal with it reactively, your time’s being managed for you by a giant committee that doesn’t have your best interests at heart. The path to peace of mind is setting up your own personal system of habits, rather than letting email control you

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