The result has been a number of automated processes that move and group my emails to allow me to only see the items that are most important first, and the other items can be dealt with on a different schedule. It works very well, and has freed a tremendous amount of time. However, after I got it working, I found myself staring at an empty inbox, feeling like something had gone terribly wrong! I had become habituated to the dynamics of managing email. I felt lost. Then, I felt forgotten. I started worrying that no one cared about me anymore.
What a realization! Much of my time had been spent handling the email, not communicating through my email. This became an exercise in letting go of the busy- ness associated with email and beginning to take charge of the business of email, which is communicating. In the spirit of this, today's article is focused on letting go of things that keep us from doing the most important things in our lives. So, take a few moments, take some notes, and change your life.