Recently, I had the good fortune to catch up with a friend, Harj (Partner at Y-Combinator). Of course, we talked about how busy we were and usually these types of conversations pivot into a vent about how email sucks (and our inability yo keep up with the deluge). He advised me to try something he did recently: he deleted all email accounts from his iPhone.
When he first told me that he deleted all email accounts from his phone, I thought he was crazy.
In January ‘11 I committed to keeping my phone on silent so I wouldn’t get distracted by the vibrations and sounds caused by incoming calls, texts, tweets, etc. It helped, but not that much. The problem was not only the amount of calls, emails, etc that would come in but also my anxiety about the emails that “wouldn’t” come in.
Let me explain. I’m an “inbox zero” person. If there are any emails in my inbox at the end of the day, I’ll go crazy. That said, I’d find my self constantly refreshing my inboxes on my iPhone (just because I could) even if I wasn’t expecting any emails. Anxiety….I try my absolute best to reply to most of my emails (hundreds a day)
—-> a few unintended consequences of living “inbox zero”:
Anyone who knows me knows I’m never more than 3 feet away from my phone emailing away so it’s no wonder why i thought Harj’s suggestion was crazy. Either way, I decided to give it a shot for one week.
Result: I will never (ever) again put my email accounts on my phone. I also moved the mail icon app to the last iPhone screen. I’d encourage everyone to give it a try.
Seriously, I’d encourage you to give it a try. I promise you that you will not regret it.