An illustration of a woman looking perfectly content, while being buried in a ton of letters.
Illustration: Andrea Chronopoulos

You vs. Your Inbox

It’s Fine to Have 77,000 Unread Emails

You can be a productive person without ever aiming for inbox zero

Published in
6 min readFeb 19, 2020


II first realized my inbox was becoming a problem when I missed an acceptance from an editor I’d never worked with before. It was pretty embarrassing to send a groveling apology six weeks after the fact, explaining that her message had…



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