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Clean slates

Hitting "mark all read" sometimes can be a liberating feeling.

Seamus Byrne
Seamus Byrne
5 min read
Clean slates

As a writer about new things, there’s always quite the list of ‘new things’ in a backlog of things I wish I had time to write about but never quite find the time to do so.

This week I’m forcing myself to clear the bucket and start fresh.

I guess that makes for a nice alignment with the end of the financial year here in Australia too. Tie off loose ends, chase things that really need attention, then move forward with eyes firmly on the road ahead.

It’s a little scary, but the feeling once you hit “mark all read” is amazing.

Not long ago I reset my email accounts too. Living across four primary work addresses can get a bit crazy, but when I moved everything into Superhuman one part of an induction process they run (with a real live human, it’s pretty great) is getting you to archive everything and give yourself a clean slate.

In the past I’ve pulled that email trigger by moving everything into a ‘DMZ’ file, where I promise myself I’ll pick through for important things.

I’ve done it twice. Both times I never go back to it.

But it’s definitely important to just do whatever it takes to not get stuck in the rut of ‘catching up’. So forgive yourself, sweep all the digital junk into the bottom drawer – it’s all still there and accessible with a quick search if you ever need it.

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