Productivity consultant Stever Robbins brings up a good point. Getting your email down to zero every day does feel good. I’ve been doing it for a couple of years now, and it’s amazing how freeing it is not to start the day by staring at hundreds of old emails.

But his point is that the volume of email you deal with is dictated by other people. And processing it all takes time, and lots of psychic energy. Both of which keep you from doing other, more productive things. Life is short. Do you really want to use it up reacting to other people’s needs and agendas? Or do you want to actually control your own time? I think you know the answer.

Apparently, there’s more to come, but here’s his article on why it doesn’t really work. Looks like I need a smarter way to manage all that email!