1. Admit you have a problem. “The mass of men,” wrote Thoreau, “lead lives of quiet desperation,” and he didn’t even have email. We’re drowning under the stuff. Sysadmins get a lot of email, and when you’re spending more time on your inbox than at the command line, there’s a problem.
When Outlook helpfully notified me one morning that I had 40,000 email messages in my inbox, I had a moment of clarity. I knew I needed to go on an email detox. But how? Read more »