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Emails can be the bane of most people’s lives and getting to “inbox zero” can be a complete pipe dream when you have a constant stream of emails coming right at you.

So one novel way of mitigating this problem is with a system called “Yesterbox”. This was devised by Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos who, as you might have guessed, probably had a slightly bigger problem with emails than you.

How it works is that you ignore all emails that comes in today (bar a few exceptions like ones that are very important or from your mom) and instead only deal with emails that came yesterday.

The idea is that all of yesterday’s emails is now a discrete event which straight away psychologically allows you to better tackle your emails as you know there is a fixed end in sight. In addition, it gives you the ability to properly prioritise and spend the time on the ones that need it – all to be tackled together in a batch-like efficient task.

Sound too good to be true? Check out the rules of Yesterbox.

Source: How to deal with email overload | Guardian

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