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Why time management is ruining our lives | Oliver Burkeman
The eternal human struggle to live meaningfully in the face of inevitable death entered its newest phase one Monday in the summer of 2007, when employees of Google gathered to hear a talk by a writer and self-avowed geek named Merlin Mann.

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The concept of Inbox Zero

'Inbox Zero' is a concept introduced by Merlin Mann, a way to handle your email by processing them to zero.

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The Quest for Personal Productivity

The never-ending quest for personal productivity has spawned countless apps on the Smartphone App stores, and many bestseller books.

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The people who implemented the 'Inbox Zero; method ended up getting more emails as they were replying to all their emails, with increased activity.

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Cashing In On Personal Productivity Craze

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Pressure Reduces Creativity

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