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Inbox Exposed: Saya Hillman of Mac & Cheese Productions  

Email is a non-negotiable part of everyday life. For some, it’s an unruly time suck, but enlightened email users have systems to ensure they’re not a slave to the inbox. We’re asking smart thinkers to give us a peek inside their inboxes, share tips, ideas, gripes, and everything in between.

Saya Hillman, founder of Mac & Cheese Productions, which curates lifestyle experiences like adult sleepaway camps, minglers, and idea potlucks, shares the strategies and tools she uses to ensure email conforms to her “Life of Yes” philosophy.

Excerpts from the full interview follow:

Musings on email:

Like more and more folks these days, I rarely post my email address anywhere. You won’t find it (or my phone number) on my website or business cards. This stems from people adding me to their e-lists without permission, which is one of my biggest pet peeves. I’ve unsubscribed from friends and family mailing before, which can lead to awkward scenarios. A friend even emailed the next morning and (very nicely) asked why, which led to a great conversation about email etiquette.

This article on removing the word “just” from your vocabulary stuck with me and I’ve gotten good at sending out emails without those types of permission or apologetic terms. Model the behavior you wish to see, right?!

On email overload:

Stop believing in the Perfect Time Unicorn and his siblings Better Time and More Time. “I’ll deal with my email at a better time, when I have more time, I’m waiting for the perfect time.” Not coming, ever! Your future self will have the same time as your current self. It’s about prioritizing and what you deem important enough to actually do.

Read the full Q&A.