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Many people decry how awful email is. They feel that messages keep on appearing in their inbox as if they have no control over them.
The first step to a controllable inbox is to slow down the messages.
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Emails from unknown people are like strangers who show up at your office without an appointment. If you pay attention to them, you have to break your commitment to others.
Consider keeping your email notifications off. You will not forget about your inbox.
Sales pitches are personal emails without unsubscribe links. But if you don't respond, you can often get more email from them.
Set up text replacements. For example:
noint = Not interested but thanks; please remove.
Once you've got the flow of email reduced to messages that matter, it's time to clear the non-urgent out of your inbox.
Actions you might take while processing:
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