- Published: Wednesday, 17 September 2014 05:06
Leo Babauta – USA
A simplicity manifesto in the Age of Distraction: Part eight
“It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The
question is, what are we busy about?”
Henry David Thoreau
How not to live in your inbox
Many of us do this — we have our email inbox open most of the day, and most of the time, our work is right there, in the inbox. It’s where we live, communicate, keep track of tasks, do our work, organize ourselves.
Unfortunately, it’s not the best way to live and work. You’re constantly getting interrupted by new messages, and so we’re at the mercy of the requests of others. A new email comes in, and so we must stop what we’re doing to check the new email, and possibly respond. Even if we don’t respond right away, whatever we were just doing was interrupted.