This is a public declaration regarding my intentions and beliefs associated with sending email:
I believe email is a privilege—a tool for me to use at my convenience—not a right by which others can control my time or energy.
I believe there’s a false sense of accomplishment associated with cleaning out my inbox; my goal is to do important work not process email.
I believe that sending fewer—and shorter—emails is the only way for me to actually manage my inbox.
I believe emails should be handled as little as possible; I aim to open, read, and respond to an email in one continuous and brief effort.
I believe the telephone is still a valuable piece of technology, and that using it more will prove to myself that I am not ambi-techy.
I believe text messages and instant chat tools are emails in disguise, and I will not be wooed by them or by those who use them.
I believe that checking my inbox first thing in the morning is the worst possible way for me to start my day—reacting is not working.
I believe that, in order to be effective in my workday, my email program should be closed for at least three (3) hours per day.
I want to live and work in world that accepts the fact that emails downloaded to my phone are for my convenience and not the sender’s.
I want to live and work in a creative world, not in a digital information age. Memories are not created through email.
I want to live and work in a social world—with humans—not just with those who choose to join my “network.”
What I know for certain is that my inbox is not the best place for important information or conversations.