Clearing Clutter

Semester start is signaled by the influx of student emails.  This year the influx made it clear that I’m not interested in–or no longer have interest in–most of the non-personal email that fills my inbox. I’ve unsubscribed from a passel of periodicals I no longer care to read, products and companies of whom I need no reminding, services I don’t want, and other noise.  I’ve also created Gmail labels and filters to send categories of other emails directly to archive or trash.  My email nirvana is an empty inbox, which means I’ve read, responded to, or accomplished every item with a claim on my attention. It happens rarely and does not last long, but that’s why it is nirvana.

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