The scourge of work e-mail is far worse than you think

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The scourge of work e-mail is far worse than you think

The hours we devote to our inboxes reflect a disturbing shift in work patterns that needs to change

Pilita Clark

Whenever I check my e-mails, a number appears in the top right-hand corner of my computer screen that used to fill me with a horrible sense of despair.

It shows how many e-mails are in my inbox and as I type, I can see there are many thousands of them.

Another number on the top left-hand side shows something that once caused even more misery: the e-mails that are unread. There are thousands of them too. For a while I did what people tell you to do to deal with a bloated inbox. Set up filters. File stuff to folders. Set aside time to mass delete. But the scale of the digital bilge was overwhelming. So then I did something far more effective. I gave up. ..

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