The Gmail Genius #35 – This free tool limits how often emails hit your inbox

Land O’Lakes CEO Beth Ford has one rule about email
Ford tells Fast Company that she needs emails to be short and specific.

This nifty free tool limits incoming email to 3 times per day
Struggle with checking your email too often? This free tool hides your incoming emails until set times.

Inbox Zero is actually very easy
Katie Heaney says she’s always kept a well-managed inbox. “My inboxes have never known another way,” she writes. “So if you want an Inbox Zero shortcut, perhaps the best way is to just … get a new email address.”

How I Email: Gretchen Rubin, Author, The Happiness Project

Happiness expert and New York Times best-selling author Gretchen Rubin says that when she wants to focus and step away from email, she’ll physically remove herself from her office. She also has a clever way of using email to stay more connected to family. Here’s an excerpt:

My mother pointed out that for people who you see all the time, you have a ton to tell them. But when you see people very rarely, the mundane things make us feel more connected. So from time to time, maybe every five days or 10 days, we send each other an email … It’s just a list of what’s going on in your day. And we found that it dramatically influences our feelings of being connected because you know what’s going on in someone’s day.

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How I Email: John Zeratsky, Writer and Designer

John Zeratsky was a designer in the tech industry—working with companies like Slack, 23andMe, and Nest—who became obsessed with the idea of redesigning time. He is co-author of “Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day.” Read about John’s email habits…