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Happiness Rules

The one trivial rule i’ve found in life that brings me the most happiness is that if a person is stupid, annoying, or a waste of my time, I only read email from them between 9am and 5pm as available unless i have a clear, urgent reason to do so.

This works really well towards increasing the net happiness of my life in non-work hours, even though I read email pretty regularly. I think it’s better for me than the other email management systems because I sit perched on a huge stream of incoming information by choice.

This doesn’t mean the converse, that if you haven’t gotten email from me until 9am that I consider you stupid or a waste of time, just that I’m using this as an overall metric.

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