I complain about email — a lot. I do this on Twitter. I do this on Tumblr. I do this on Facebook. I do it here. I even do it in person!

I complain about it so much that it annoys people. And it honestly even annoys me. And yet it’s constantly on my mind because I feel like I’m constantly doing it. And I tend to write about things constantly on my mind.

I’m not trying to exaggerate — there are undoubtedly people who get far more email than I do — but I do feel like it’s a real problem in my life. Maybe it’s because I feel the need to respond to much of it (or do something as a result of it). Maybe I have a problem managing the cognitive load it carries. It’s undoubtedly a combination of a lot of things.

For the past few Sundays, I’ve decided to not do any email for the entire day. I don’t even look at it. And I‘m honestly so much happier as a result on these days. So. Much. Happier. So yeah, that’s a problem.

I’ve tried to tackle this issue so many ways. Remember when I quit email for a month? I do, it was glorious. But the sad reality that I’m coming to terms with is that there is no great solution. It’s a part of the world we live in. So my latest thoughts have me trying to figure out a way to change my attitude around it. To change how I approach it. I’m pretty sure this won’t work either.

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General Partner @ GV (née Google Ventures). In past lives I wrote at TechCrunch, VentureBeat, and ParisLemon. A man of few words. Except when writing. 🍻

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