“It’s complicated” might be the best way to summarize our relationship with email. We acknowledge it would be difficult to manage life without it, yet we resent that compulsive need to check it—a full 74 times per day on average.
Thankfully there are tactics and tools for managing the deluge, and they don’t have to involve achieving the often-elusive (some would say ridiculous) goal of Inbox Zero. These simple approaches range from understanding email’s psychological and human attributes to apps that can prioritize and expedite without sacrificing output—or sanity. Here’s everything you need to know about managing email.