On my quest to reprogram as a non-guilt-driven person, I scoff at the information overload and make this my Inbox Overload motto: you do not have to respond.
From Section II, Chapter 2, page 37 of self-help blogging success story, Leo Babauta’s book, “focus: a simplicity manifesto in the Age of Distraction,”
“You Don’t Need to Respond“
“We have developed a fairly urgent need to respond to many things: emails, Tweets & other social network status updates, instant messages, phone calls, text messages, blog posts, blog comments, forum posts, and more. This need to respond gives us anxiety until we’ve responded, but unfortunately, there is a never-ending stream of things that require your response.
“If we allow these messages to force us to respond, almost as soon as they come, then we become driven by the need to respond. Our day becomes responsive rather than driven by conscious choices. We flit from one task to another, one response to another, living a life driven by the needs of others, instead of what we need, what we feel is important.
“You don’t need to respond.”
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