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Inbox Freedom: The Zen Master's Guide to Tackling Your Email and Work by [Ghaffary, Mike, Hudson, Charles]
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x94d9a4ec) out of 5 stars 19 reviews
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HASH(0x94da7ed0) out of 5 stars A Must-Read Productivity & Time Management Book Written Specifically To Address Today's High-Tech Email-Driven World 20 Jan. 2014
By Ponn M. Sabra - Published on Amazon.com
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Most people start their days by checking their emails. Depending what's inside, determines the mood and/or the productivity level (both personally and professionally) for the rest of the day. No wonder people get Inbox-anxiety, as they approach it with fear or dreaded anticipation.

What if you can approach your Inbox with excitement, joy and freedom to use it to our advantage rather then seeing it as "just more work"? Take control of your Inbox and you can take control of your day...and life. At least this is the opinion of the authors--and, I wholeheartedly agree!

Everything in this book is spot-on: from explaining how outdated productivity and time management books don't address our high-tech email-driven lives, to how it can affects our work and social lives. The self-assessment is given at the beginning and end of the book, which is brilliant--having you actively participate in the "activity" of this book, rather than just reading it.

I was actually in a blackout without electricity and Internet as I read this on my Kindle, so I couldn't apply everything I was learning at the same time (which I recommend doing). However, I took notes and once I got Internet in 30-minutes I accomplished the recommended tasks and proud to share that on Day 1-Week 1, I am Inbox Free!

I've been cleaning, reorganizing, declutting my Gmail account for the past 2-weeks to start my year off right--my 3 daughters are helping in getting rid of unused apps as well. So, this book came at a perfect time.

I scored 7/10 of my self-assessment, so I knew there was much room to improve; particularly in cleaning out unread emails (and keeping it cleaned week after week), using archives more efficiently, and syncing as much of my google-products with my laptop and Android. They offer practical system of daily and weekly steps that I can follow to maintain this Inbox freedom. I typically just clean house annually...no wonder I was frustrated!

We are a huge Google family, so I'm figuring ways to adapt their advice using Google Tasks & Google Notes, rather than their recommendations for Evernote and Remember the Milk. I assume they didn't include them (since they are big Google fans too), simply because they are "newer" products/apps, and they've been using the other apps for years.

I'm also curious how the authors maintain a 'cleaner' Priority, Starred and Draft emails, as well as using Labels/Tags more effectively. I feel this was the only space that they didn't address fully, and would love some tips and advice in these areas. Since, they share that any system is better than none, they openly ask for feedback, case studies and success stories in how the reader applies their advice. By showing their openness to new productivity ideas and methodologies, it's obvious they are true productivity gurus always on the hunt for another hack.

My girls pride themselves of having cleaned Inboxes and using only 2% of their Gmail accounts, as opposed to my 5647 unread (now archived) and 34% usage of 25GB Gmail account. Since they're the ones who help me use my Android productivity apps to their fullest, I know we'll enjoy this journey together. We just installed Pocket (Great recommendation)!

We also look forward to becoming master of Gmail-keyboard-shortcuts very soon. Thanks for an informative, timely and incredibly useful guidebook. I will be recommending this often!
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HASH(0x9526f57c) out of 5 stars A three hour investment that saves countless hours of inbox frustration 14 Jan. 2014
By George Babu - Published on Amazon.com
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I get a lot of email. I’m sure you do too. Work emails. Personal emails. Newsletters. “Helpful” notification emails. Even more “helpful” marketing emails for more stuff you don’t want or need.

Like most people, I struggle with the tension between staying on top of the information flow (even those annoying marketing emails) and staying away from email long enough to get real work done or enjoy downtime with friends and family.

When I heard about Inbox Freedom (ironically, I was surfing Twitter while procrastinating from tackling my overflowing inbox), the promise – tackling email like a zen-master, freedom from the tyranny of the inbox – was too alluring to ignore.

I immediately downloaded it and dove right in. A few hours later, the easy part was done (reading the book). The tough part now lies ahead – changing habits and letting go of the addiction of checking for new updates in my inbox.

Mike Ghaffary & Charles Hudson are incredibly accomplished, busy guys. Mike’s currently VP of Biz Dev at Yelp, and Charles is a repeat entrepreneur and venture partner at SoftTech VC. They get a LOT done with their time, even holding down multiple jobs at times. I’m confident that I’m nowhere near as busy as them, so if this system works for them, then it should work for most of us. It’s been field tested.

It’s also inspired by principles behind two classic productivity frameworks: Getting Things Done; and the classic 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Mike and Charles have adapted those principles for the email-rich, instant-messaging, always-on/always-connected, constant-interrupt professional world we live in today.

Over the years, I’ve seen (and tried) a lot of attempts at taming the inbox. Most of them were variants of the “just don’t open your inbox for the day and it will all go away” strategy. That’s wonderful if you have that luxury. But for those of us who have customer or external facing roles (CEOs, lawyers, accountants, VCs, and others), where responsiveness is critical to your effectiveness & reputation, Mike & Charles demonstrate principles and tactics for thriving in this reality.

I strongly recommend buying this book, implementing their recommendations (and adapting it to your reality), and then making a bucket-list of all the things you’re going to do with your new-found freedom!

Summary of the Steps to Get to Inbox Freedom

1) Do an Inbox Audit: How do you use email? How important is it to your work? How do you email “up” (to your boss or bosses)?

2) Go Mobile: Setup your systems so you can do everything on your smartphone (not tablet) - respond & archive emails, create & edit docs, sign docs, find & send docs, etc.

3) Go Proactive: Separate your inbox from your task lists & wish lists; Write actionable, achievable, unambiguous tasks with honest due dates.

4) Setting you your Calendar for success: Don’t schedule back to back meetings; Use the morning commute or post-wakeup time to quickly clear up emails; use the first minutes of your time in the office to knock off 1-2 priority tasks (not email); use the end of your day to get to Inbox Freedom daily by 6:00pm (or whenever the rush of the day ends); learn to say no to meetings, default to 30 min meetings, schedule time for long tasks.

5) Setting up Notes & Docs: Put your docs in the cloud; take good meeting notes (3-5 points + action items); use lots of different types of wish lists (but keep them separate from your meeting notes).

6) Customize it to fit your life!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9543dedc) out of 5 stars You'll be glad you spent 60 minutes on this 8 Jan. 2014
By Alexander Cowan - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm glad I spent 60 minutes to read this- I've already validated that 3 specific things that they recommend are saving me time. They do a good job with focus at the beginning by helping you qualify what behaviors and habits you might want to examine, which helps the reader focus their time.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x960703cc) out of 5 stars Lots of actionable tips 10 Jan. 2014
By Greg - Published on Amazon.com
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Easy read and highly recommend. Several straightforward tips for managing your email, tasks, calendar, and notes. While I'm already doing many of the things mentioned in the book I did pick up several additional ideas to help me get even more organized.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d1600f0) out of 5 stars Time management & email finally meet cloud & mobile technology for extreme productivity & effectiveness 8 Jan. 2014
By Rui Quintino - Published on Amazon.com
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Having spent several years reading Time Management & productivity books, this was a refreshing, even surprising, read. (so much that this is my first review ever...)

Lots of pragmatic & practical productivity tips for work & email using the technology that's available today (read Jan-2014, cloud, apps, mobile...). Also, it's clear that the productivity insights in this book are the result of years of experience from the authors tackling a very busy agenda & business life, but in anyway is the content outdated!

Although I have a very well established personal system for my email & work I found several new tips & information in the book to improve it further (never finished really!). (still, I'm a "folder/project" guy for the moment, sorry! ;) )

Maybe the title cam be a little misleading, I think the book has more to offer than only a (very) good system to tackle overloaded email inboxes.

I also liked:

-the feeling that the authors had an agenda beyond book sales: help people tackling email and being more productive, not just getting a kindle book published (not so common these days....)

-it's a fast read (73 estimated pages) , I appreciate that in time management & productivity books :)

Not a perfect review I guess, but these are my thoughts for the moment.

Rui Quintino
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