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Paddy's Lament, Ireland 1846-1847: Prelude to Hatred
Thomas Gallagher
Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One
Jenny K. Blake
When in French: Love in a Second Language
Lauren Collins
Beyond the Job Description: How Managers and Employees Can Navigate the True Demands of the Job
Jesse Sostrin
Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing
David Hubel, Margaret S. Livingstone
Achieving Your Potential As A Photographer: A Creative Companion and Workbook
Harold Davis
Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age
Sherry Turkle
Picture Perfect Practice: A Self-Training Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Taking World-Class Photographs (Voices That Matter)
Roberto Valenzuela
Man's Search for Meaning
Viktor E. Frankl, Harold S. Kushner
Terms of Service: Social Media and the Price of Constant Connection
Jacob Silverman

The Tyranny of E-mail: The Four-Thousand-Year Journey to Your Inbox

The Tyranny of E-mail: The Four-Thousand-Year Journey to Your Inbox - John Freeman Somewhat interesting history of the mail, telegrams, etc. but I got bored with it -- too long? too discursive? Not sure, just decided to cut to the end to the recommendations.1. Don't send. Send less and less email, especially social. It cuts down on the cycle of email, and less email will come back to you as a result.2. Don't check it first thing in the morning or late at night. He's really talking here about the boundary between work and private life -- assuming that you are checking your work email.3. Check it twice a day -- or even just once an hour. Especially if you have a backlog. But all the backlog in a file folder and allot some time each day for dealing with the backlog, being ruthless of course.4. Keep a written to-do list and incorporate email into it. Answer newly received emails with a timeframe -- it's going to take me a day or two to get back to you on this. . . 5. Give good e-mail. Short messages, good subject lines. Think the message through and make sure it's complete, rather than having to add a follow-on email immediately afterwards.6. Read the entire email before responding.7. Do not debate complex or sensitive matters by email.8. If you have to work as a group by email, meet your correspondents face-to-face.9. Set your desk up to do something else besides email.10. Schedule media-free time every day.