This is what happens when you reply to spam email

For three years, writer and comedian James Veitch answered spam email. “All I’m doing is wasting their time. I think any time they’re spending with me,  is time they’re not spending scamming vulnerable adults of out their savings.” In a hilarious TED Talk, he details his thread with one spammer who contacted him about a business […]

Working against attention residue

Going to work to answer emails won’t make you a better emailer, just as another five minutes on Twitter won’t improve your social networking game. Email, Twitter, and incoming messages drain our cognitive fitness. Continuous partial attention fragments our mind and impedes deep thought, which is at the core of doing meaningful work. How are we alive […]

Save the worry for later

Instapaper your worries. That is, save them for later. By the time you come back to them, they’ll only be important if they’re still on your mind. Anxiety is a trigger, one that works to benefit you. You’ll continue to think about the exam if you do nothing about it. Studying builds up your confidence and reduces […]

Let’s be honest 

There’s a reality between what people say and what they do. Examples: People keep predicting the death of email but its keeps getting bigger and more important because it’s the one feed where we can control. Everything else (i.e. social media) operates on linear abundance or algorithmic infinity. Tech pundits continue to predict the death […]

Deep work

Who would’ve thought that your future success rests on the ability to disconnect from the internet and do deep work. If you want to get good at anything, you’ll need to practice for hours with deliberate focus. In an interview with James Altucher, professor, and author Cal Newport suggests that you need three to four […]

For Email Newsletters, a Death Greatly Exaggerated

Newsletters are clicking because readers have grown tired of the endless stream of information on the Internet, and having something finite and recognizable show up in your inbox can impose order on all that chaos. So much noise and too little time. The newsletter which aggregates the best pieces of the web is back in […]

Snail Mail

I’m in deep trouble. My brother sent me a Mother’s Day card to pass along to my mom weeks ago. I never got it, only because I haven’t checked my mailbox in weeks. In fact, I never check my mailbox unless there’s an Amazon shipment on the way. Do you? I’ve digitized everything from bills […]

Success Through Less

When we get nervous we tend to throw out everything and see what sticks. This often leads to unnecessary tweets, excess Instagrams, and surfeit emails. It only works when you’re new and you’ve yet to establish a permanent audience. But then you need to slow down production and evaluate where you see the best results. […]

The Anxiety of the Unanswered E-Mail

Those of us waiting for replies shouldn’t be so quick to leap to negative conclusions. It’s unlikely your best friend suddenly hates you. Or you’ve alienated a co-worker. Reach out again. Email is an unhealthy game, full of misinterpretation and unnecessary worries. I’ve learned to just let it go or call or text if it’s […]