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A psychological block to Inbox Zero - Elf M. Sternberg
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A psychological block to Inbox Zero
I realized this morning as I was working my way through my mailbox that I have a psychological block to Inbox Zero, and it's a pretty obvious one: as long as there's mail in there, more mail doesn't seem like a call to action. I don't have to do anything, it can't possibly be a priority, there's mail ahead of it. I can be lazy about it.

Once you're down to Inbox Zero, though, the next email has 100% of your priority. Period. It has 100% right to demand a context switch in order to deal with it. That's pretty annoying. Better to live with the current big pile just staring at me, looking undifferentiated.

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Current Music: Rush, Mr. Soul

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