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Danah Boyd on taking an email sabbatical

An interesting way to approach email while on holiday. Instead of just letting it pile up in the inbox while on vacation, save yourself of the guilt and burden of going through each email by simply deleting it.

The [email] interface is designed to put you on a hamster wheel, rarely ever succeeding at letting you reach empty. You feel accomplished when you get to inbox zero. And then you sleep and it’s all back to haunt you. For this reason, I recommend taking an email sabbatical.

It would perhaps be wise to instead of deleting the email, just direct it to a specific holiday folder, or set it to auto-archive instead. That way, you would still get the same peace of mind, but still have the email for the “in case stuff happen” moments.