“I hope you are well.”
"This ‘hope’ is always followed by a page of boilerplate. In any case, if you don’t know me, don’t pretend you care about me."
Happy Hump Day! Here are a few tips to get you motivated and productive today:
- 4 ways to increase your inbox wizardry
- Turn the job you have into the job you want
- 9 tricks to beat the midday slump
Have a great day!
“When a task can be cleanly delegated, send a clean email. But if the messaging might get messy, talk it out.”
“While email can sometimes be a quick and convenient way to gauge interest or disseminate information, it’s often not the best tool for the job, he said. About 20% of the time, we’re using email correctly—leveraging it to communicate across time zones or answer a well-defined question. But 80% of email traffic is ‘waste,’ he said—stuff that’s useless or really requires a phone call or face-to-face discussion.”
To avoid obeying government requests to spy on its users, Edward Snowden’s email provider, Lavabit, has decided to simply pull the plug.
Here are some tips to help you rock this day:
- What to do when email is sucking away your soul.
- Why productive people stick to their strike zone.
- One way to construct better criticism.
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“Proper email is a balance between politeness and succinctness. Less than five sentences is often abrupt and rude, more than five sentences wastes time.”
“I am here” day is a time to “set aside our technology and to-do lists, choose a quarter of the city we wanted to know better, and explore it for a full day… . [It is] a kind of antimodern communal experiment: giving our gadgets a secular Sabbath; reveling in friendship and conversation of a kind that Facebook doesn’t do; being thickly in one place, not thinly everywhere.”
1. I had become obsessed with The Information.
2. I shared too much.
3. I was addicted to myself.
4. I forsook the benefits of the Industrial Age.
"The greatest gift I gave myself was a restored appreciation for disengagement, silence, and emptiness. I don’t need to fill every time slot with an appointment, and I don’t need to fill every mental opening with stimulus."
“I love my devices and services, and I love being connected to the global hive mind. I am neither a Luddite nor a hermit, but I am more aware of the price we pay: lack of depth, reduced accuracy, lower quality, impatience, selfishness, and mental exhaustion, to name but a few. In choosing to digitally enhance, hyperconnect, and constantly share our lives, we risk not living them…”
Here’s more about #unplugging.
“There were movies, there were food trucks, there were friends, there was mulled wine. There was brief consideration of a mulled-wine food truck. Above all, there was an expansion of sensations and ideas.”