Why time management is ruining our lives | Oliver Burkeman
'Inbox Zero' is a concept introduced by Merlin Mann, a way to handle your email by processing them to zero.
This is achieved by taking appropriate actions like filing, noting or replying, to all your emails, ensuring no unanswered emails remain to make you anxious, so you can live your life without checking email every few minutes.
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'Inbox Zero' was a productivity concept popularized a decade ago.
E-mail was treated as a task to be completed all the time. It backfired as people started wasting even more time on email and the replies that piled up.
Inbox Zero can be correctly understood by realizing that it is not just your inbox but your life that you need to tackle.
The majority of information thrown at us is unimportant. Prioritizing your workload and understanding what is essential and what not is crucial to a stress-free life.
It is important to narrow down your priorities and tackle the important and essential first.
Real work is not checking your email all the time. Allow blocks of time in a day to check your email and notifications.
Pursuing productivity for its own sake is counter-productive.
Most people feel able to complete more tasks when they start using time-management tools, but they don’t bear in mind that they can’t keep increasing their productivity forever, and they commit to more and more. In a few weeks, they are more productive but still frustrated.
Back when more people worked in factories, laborers did not have to deal with time management. At the assembly line, time was managed for you.
Freedom comes with responsibility: you have to think a lot more about how you manage your time.