Take control of your inbox—and your productivity

If you’re reading this, it’s thanks to Ray Tomlinson, an engineer who secured his place as a global icon of the internet by sending the first network email message in 1971. More than five decades later, in a new age of urgency, emails have become the primary—and arguably most overused—channel for information sharing. In fact, most executives say they frequently find themselves spending way too much time on pointless interactions that drain their energy and produce information overload, according to an article by Aaron De Smet, J.R. Maxwell, Patrick Simon, and coauthors. On National Email Day, explore these insights to improve the way you collaborate with others—and then consider taking a break from your inbox.

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