Why Mailbox Won’t Fix Your Email

Mat Honan:

No app will save you from e-mail. You can’t swipe and sort your way to a better you, no matter how long the line is.

I’ve never understood why some people let email have such a strong effect on their mental and emotional well-being. I strive for Inbox Zero as much as the next guy, but the 12 emails sitting there now that I’ve yet to deal with aren’t causing me stress. Why? Because I don’t let them.

I host my email with Google Apps, and access it using Apple’s Mail applications for both OS X and iOS. I use Gmail to filter and process common emails such as receipts or newsletters, but otherwise my email lives in one of two places:

  1. In my inbox, and
  2. In an archive folder.

I don’t tag emails, flag emails, or colour code emails. I read them, I respond to them, and I archive them. Weeks later, when I need to reference an email, I search for it.

Maybe that system is too simple for you. Maybe it’s too complex. Whatever the case, pick a system and move on. Time wasted checking email could be time spent writing about email. And seriously, what could possibly be better than writing about email?

Originally posted for members on: February 12, 2013
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