Stress relief

A new feature in GMail allows you to select all emails matching a search parameter. Before this, if you wanted to delete all the emails matching a certain phrase or from a certain mailing list, you’d have to do so page by page of search results. Now you can do it all at once.

As of today, the number of unread emails in my inbox stood at 1,127. I had no intention of reading all of those, but still, the number taunted me daily. No longer. After searching for unread mail, selecting all of it, and marking it all as read, my inbox is down to zero for the first time in two years. What a good feeling for so little effort! I feel so good I might have to send a few GMail invites out to these guys.

The vast majority of these emails were from mailing lists. I promise I read the personal emails, even if I’m not so good at responding right away.


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