Saturday, April 9, 2016

Watch Willie Nelson w/ Late Country Legend Merle Haggard Who Died on 79th Birthday (1937–2016)

by Victor Morton

To honor the country legend’s passing on Wednesday, check out a unique glimpse into Merle Haggard’s casual recording sessions with long-time collaborator Willie Nelson, for his final album, ‘Django And Jimmie’ released in June, 2015. (Watch the video above, posted one year ago by Nelson on YouTube.)

Country music legend Merle Haggard, who won international stardom by singing about his early life of poverty and prison, died Wednesday on his 79th birthday.

Manager Frank Mull confirmed to reporters that the man behind the hits "Okie from Muskogee," "The Fightin' Side of Me" and "If We Make It Through December" died at his home in Palo Cedro, California, on Wednesday morning.

Mr. Mull said he died surrounded by his family after a monthslong battle with pneumonia. Funeral services are planned for Saturday, he added.

Country star Travis Tritt tweeted out a picture of himself with Mr. Haggard and wrote, "He was more than a great talent. He was a gifted poet. What a huge inspiration he was to everyone! RIP Merle Haggard."

"We've lost one of the greatest writers and singers of all time. His heart was as tender as his love ballads. I loved him like a brother. Rest easy, Merle," added Dolly Parton.

Presidential spokesman Josh Earnest praised Mr. Haggard's skill as a storyteller to whom Americans of every status could relate. "His passing is a loss for country music, but obviously is a loss for all the people who got to know him personally too," he said.

The White House said President Obama was sending his thoughts and prayers to the Haggard family.
Mr. Haggard had 38 No. 1 hits on the Billboard Country charts and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994.

Despite his best-known song being about pride in being an "Okie," Mr. Haggard was born and raised near Bakersfield, California, though his extended family were Okies who left for California during the Dust Bowl era.

Indeed, he and Buck Owens are credited with developing what became known as the "Bakersfield sound," a more stripped-down country style than the polished, string-heavy hits that Nashville studios were producing in the 1960s.

An accomplished guitarist and fiddler, he continued writing and recording right up until his death, releasing a duet album in 2015 with fellow country music legend Willie Nelson.

"He was my brother, my friend. I will miss him," Mr. Nelson said in a statement.

His other hits included such standards as "Workin' Man Blues," "Mama Tried" and "Today I Started Loving You Again."

Mr. Haggard identified with the "outlaw" strain in country music and was often openly critical of modern "pop-friendly" trends in the genre.

His songwriting always has included large doses of painful autobiography. His father died when he was 9, he ran away from home at 14, was playing in honky-tonks at 16, and served three years in California's San Quentin State Prison for burglary. While serving time, he saw Johnny Cash play and decided to try his hand at country music once he was out.

His youthful wanderings helped inspire such tunes as "Mama Tried," with its famous (if somewhat exaggerated) refrain: "I turned 21 in prison, doing life without parole."

Mr. Haggard was also proudly political, recording No. 1 pro-America hits at the height of the Vietnam War, such as "Okie" and "The Fightin' Side of Me." The former song said a point of Muskogee pride was not burning draft cards, while the latter song said that those who are "runnin' down my countrymen" are "walkin' on the fightin' side of me" and the now-iconic line "if you don't love it, leave it."

His hit "Workin' Man Blues" proclaimed that while he was struggling, "I ain't never been on welfare - that's one place I won't be."

In 2003 he wrote a hit song, "That's the News," attacking the media for its interest in celebrity news rather than the then-ongoing Iraq insurgency, the outgrowth of a war he opposed. Mr. Haggard even penned a song for Mr. Obama's inauguration.

Mr. Haggard married five times and had six children - four by his first wife, Leona Hobbs, and two by his last and current wife, Theresa Ann Lane.

Hank Williams Jr. said he remembered being on tour as a 15-year-old with Mr. Haggard and Waylon Jennings.

"They both were wondering which one of the two was going to make it. Well, they both made it," he said.

Daily Inspirational Quote – April 9, 2016

“Forget all the reasons it won’t work and believe the one reason that it will.

We’re all guilty of this aren’t we? Thinking about starting something new or wanting to expand on what we’re already doing and then the doubts creep in….. Then it’s, “what if….but maybe…am I good enough….what do I do if it fails?” Sound familiar? Of course it does. We’ve all been there at some time or another. It’s healthy, and makes sense to consider what could happen before we launch ourselves into whatever project we have in mind but, and here’s the thing, we also have to start believing in ourselves and our ability to reach a positive outcome. Just one reason to “go for it” can make all the difference between thinking and doing.


Eat Your Spoon

Every year, 350 billion pieces of disposable plastic cutlery and wooden chopsticks are discarded in the United States, Japan and India. Research scientist Narayana Peesapaty has come up with a solution: edible cutlery and chopsticks. These products are made of millet, rice and wheat, contain no preservatives, and have a shelf life of 3 years. They will also decompose in 3 to 7 days (unless they are eaten). The use of this cutlery is not only healthier (plastics leach toxins), but promotes environmental, economic and social justice. Find out how.

Friday, April 8, 2016

School Starts Implementing Later Start Times, Sees Dramatic Improvements

Schools all over Massachusetts are boosting student health and performance with a policy that gives youth an extra hour of sleep.

Most Boston schools have a start time of 7:35 a.m., and with the hour of travel time students often need to set aside in the mornings, teens only get an average of 6 hours of sleep. Although many studies have already been published about the health and academic benefits of well-rested youth, few schools have morning bells after 8:00 a.m.

“Some kids are exposed to the same degree of sleep loss for four or five years,” Judith Owens, director of the Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Boston Children’s Hospital told the Boston Globe. “It’s not a good thing. . . . If you are asking teenagers to get up at 5:30 or 6, that is their lowest point of alertness in their 24-hour cycle. It’s at that point where their brain is most loudly saying ‘stay asleep.’”

The Globe investigated several high schools experimenting with pushing their morning start time back to 8:30 a.m., letting their students sleep an extra hour every night.

The switch produced positive results almost immediately: test scores went up, the number of Ds and Fs dropped by half, rates of tardiness and absence went down, and teen related car crashes decreased dramatically.

Students said they did not mind being kept in school until 3:00 p.m. because the later start time made them feel better rested and less likely to fall asleep while in class.

New legislation for a delayed morning bell is currently being discussed by the school boards with possible implementation as early as 2017.

(READ the full report in the Globe) –Photo by d_t_vos, CC

WWII Refugees Write Comforting Letters To Syrian Refugee Youth (WATCH)

No matter the race, gender, or generation, a child will always be a child.

That’s why elders who fled WWII as refugee children in 1945 are writing letters to the refugee children of today.

The Special Delivery CARE project honored the 5-year mark of the Syrian refugee crisis by sending care packages containing toys, candy, and letters to displaced children in Jordan.

The results were deeply moving.

“She made me feel like I exist,” said 16-year-old Sajeda when she opened the letter from 87-year-old Helga. “Even though I have not met her in person, she now plays an important role in my life.”

CARE has been sending humanitarian relief to asylum-seekers ever since they first reached out to WWII refugees in 1945. Over 2 million Syrians have already received aid; from food baskets and grocery debit cards, to hygiene kits and emergency shelters.

If you’d like to send some loving letters written in your own hand to children who need of comfort, check out the My Care website.

How to Cultivate Global Compassion

By Jill Suttie

Legendary psychologist Paul Ekman explains how to extend compassion beyond our circle of family and friends.

 Paul Ekman is Professor Emeritus in Psychology at the University of California, San Francisco, and an expert on emotion recognition. His work in identifying the muscular underpinnings of facial expressions has been instrumental in helping us understand the universality of emotion and its place in our social lives. In 2009, he was named by TIME Magazine as one of the most influential people in the world, and his work even entered popular consciousness when it led to a popular TV show—Lie to Me.
In recent years, Ekman has had a growing interest in applying his knowledge of emotion toward bettering human social interactions. Inspired by intellectual exchanges with the Dalai Lama, he co-developed a program called Cultivating Emotional Balance, with the aim of helping individuals recognize and manage difficult emotions to enhance compassion and empathy in social interactions. The program has been shown to help reduce depression, anxiety, hostility, and rumination, as well as activate positive emotion and compassion.
In his newest book, Moving Toward Global Compassion, Ekman considers the possibility that what we’ve learned about cultivating compassion can be turned toward a more ambitious goal: global compassion. His book is a plea to researchers—and to all of us—to consider ways we can develop more compassion, especially for those who are far away from us socially and geographically.
I spoke with him recently about his new book and what he hopes it will accomplish.
Jill Suttie: Why did you want to write this book now?
Paul Ekman: This book grew out of my friendship with the Dalai Lama, which made me feel like I should do what I can to make people concerned with global compassion—compassion for more than those with whom we share ethnicity or language or culture. I don’t think there’s enough common interest in compassion—maybe in Buddhist circles and in some parts of Christianity and Judaism—but it’s really not on the front burner for people. I wanted to put it on the front burner.
JS: You write in the book that there are two types of compassion—proximal and distal. Can you explain what you mean by those terms?
PE: I’m making a distinction that I don’t think has been made before, and I think it’s an important one, because it has implications in terms of how we go about encouraging compassion. We’re all familiar with proximal compassion: Someone falls down in the street, and we help him get up. That’s proximal compassion: where we see someone in need and we help them. But, when I used to tell my kids, “Wear a helmet,” that’s distal compassion: trying to prevent harm before it occurs. And that requires a different set of skills: It requires social forecasting, anticipating harm before it occurs, and trying to prevent it. Distal compassion is much more amenable to educational influences, I think, and it’s our real hope.
JS: Do you think that having empathy is critical to distal compassion?
PE: Empathy is such an ambiguous term. It depends on what you mean by it. If you mean “to feel what the other person feels,” I don’t think empathy is a prerequisite for any type of compassion.  It’s an accompaniment to some forms of proximal compassion, but I don’t think it’s a prerequisite. When I see somebody fall down in the street, I don’t have to feel their hurt in order to be motivated to help them. Some people would say that unless I feel it, I’m not going to care. That’s not my view.
But, being able to take the perspective of another person is critical to developing what I am calling distal compassion—in which you feel concern in trying to prevent harm or suffering from occurring.
JS: Many researchers believe that our inborn capacity to feel what others feel is what drives compassion—that we first have to “care.” If you think that’s not critical, what other capacities do we possess that could move us toward more distal compassion?
PE: Distal compassion is clearly a more intellectual process; but it’s ethically based. Every organized religion, every spiritual practice I know of, emphasizes compassion, and, for most of them, distal compassion. I think distal compassion is very widespread in terms of its recognition, but not terribly widespread in terms of its practice.
When I say “spiritual,” I use the term broadly to mean that you are concerned with something other than your own particular welfare—something that’s not based on getting ahead or getting a promotion or a new car. Distal compassion gives you the sense that you’re leading a good life, that you’re doing what you should be doing with your life, which is to help prevent suffering in the world. Not everyone thinks that’s what life’s about; but that’s what I believe.

JS: If so many spiritual traditions encourage distal compassion, why is there not more of it?
PE: Materialism, competition, self-centeredness, poor education—those are all things that get in the way.
JS: Part of your book is a call for research. What do you think are the most promising areas of research for augmenting global compassion goals?
PE: What interests me the most is stranger compassion—the compassion we feel for total strangers. Why do only some people feel that? We praise people who have it, but not everybody does. We think it’s a virtue. But why isn’t it universal? I think we could find out.
Let me suggest one step toward finding out. We could pose some research questions: If one sibling has distal compassion, would another sibling—a twin—also possess it? If one member of a family has more distal compassion, is it more likely another member of the family would have it, too? Or is it more random? I don’t know the answer, but we could get an answer to that quickly. So many of the questions I pose in the book are easy to answer—they aren’t rocket science. With a year’s work, we would have information that could help us toward my goal of seeing the development of more stranger compassion.
JS: One of the ideas for increasing global compassion you mention in the book is providing pro-social entertainment for children. Why do you think that might be a solution?
PE: I developed a set of emotional skills training tools that could be self-administered or taken in a course, and these could be given to kids, too. In my view, emotions evolved to provide us a way to respond quickly to a situation without thought, and this virtue—this very fast response without thought—can save our lives. But, sometimes that means we react in a totally inappropriate way, without consideration for others. The solution is to bring awareness to emotion, so that I can be aware of the emotion before I act and consider whether or not this is the best way to respond to the situation. Children can learn this.
Something you probably don’t know about my career is that, in the ‘70s, I did research on the impact of television programs on the social behavior of children. But after a year, I gave up because it was too politicized, and my findings were never published, except in a governmental report. But, what I was finding was that children who watched a violent act on television and showed pleasure were more likely to try to hurt another child soon afterwards, while children who showed suffering on their face when seeing exactly the same program of violence—seemingly identifying with the suffering of the victim—would try to help another child. So, my results showed that it wasn’t the program, per se; it was the emotional response of the child to the program. This implies that we need to encourage more emotional awareness in children, and we could accomplish that through education and a different type of TV programming.
JS: What do you hope people will take away from the book?
PE: The book is really a call to researchers. I hope they will say,God, this is important! We need to find out more about distal compassion now and to get more programs that are going to encourage more kindness and compassion in our children. Children are the hope for the future. The earlier you can get to them and provide them with teaching materials they’ll find exciting and that will encourage compassion on their part, the better off the world will be.

Daily Inspirational Quote - April 8, 2016

“I am the most powerful tool in my life and I will use me wisely.”

This is true for each and every one of us. Our minds and bodies are ours to use in order to get what we want from life. When you really think about it, how amazing are we? Our bodies and brains are capable of working together enabling us to live, work, play, interact, deduce, etc. etc. with few restrictions apart from the ones we place on ourselves. It behooves us to use the capabilities we have, both spiritually and physically, with as much wisdom as we can.


Everyday Conversations to Heal Racism

"I am a second-generation Mexican American leadership coach and elder living in California. I experienced so much prejudice and racism during my young adulthood that for years I avoided even being in the presence of white people. Finally, well into my 30s, I realized that the wounds and pain I carried were robbing me of my full potential. I could do better than be angry at other people; I could work to transform the ignorance beneath the racial injustice." This article offers 5 simple pointers to help us bridge the divide.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

How Fulfilling Are The Relationships In Your Life?

Maintaining happy, healthy relationships in your life, whether they’re family, romantic or friendly, has a significant impact on your overall happiness and ability to thrive. Solid, meaningful relationships are important in your adult life. All good relationships require mutual respect and understanding but sometimes we have to hit the pause button to evaluate the people closest to us and determine if these people are nurturing and positive or if they’re only bringing us down. If you’re questioning the relationships in your life and wondering if you’re attracting the right kind of people, we’ve got a few tips to steer you in the right direction.

How to Attract the Right Kind of People to Your Life:
Before you set out to find a new romance or friendship, know what you’re looking for in a person. Think about the kind of person you want to bring into your life. Take stock of your own principles and values and evaluate others based on this list and make sure there is significant overlap.

Be true to yourself. Do you let people know the real and authentic you? If you’re projecting someone you’re not, you may be attracting the wrong people.

Know where to look for the kind of people you want to have in your life. Good people are out there and you can play a part in finding them. Studies show that spending time with people that are like-minded and have the same goals as you puts you in the right environment to meet the right people. Think about your hobbies and your interests and join groups and clubs that match up.

Be open to new people and situations but trust your instincts. You never know where a new relationship might be found whether it’s a new business connection, a potential romance or a new friendship. When you open yourself up to new opportunities you give the right people the chance to meet you, but trust your instincts and verify that new people entering your life actually share your values.

Get in touch with good people you already know. Have you lost touch with people you really like—a cousin,  old classmate, friend from college or previous co-worker? Now is the time to make a list of those people who you’d like to reconnect with and reach out to them. Not sure how to find them? Use a source like BeenVerified to help locate them.

It may sound cliché, but be the person you’d like to have in your life. Be friendly, generous and kind. You’ll be surprised what comes back to you.

Tips for Eliminating People From Your Life:
Recognize the signs of a bad relationship. Look at how this person fits into your life. Do they drain your energy, criticize you, play a victim, have a negative mindset, exhibit dishonestly or lack of compassion? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it might be time to reassess your relationship. Is there true value?

Set your own boundaries and don’t be apologetic. For your own health and sanity, it’s okay to say no or tell someone they’ve pushed you too far or asked for too much.

If you know it is time to cut the cord—be bold, direct and firm. Unless you want them to hang around and play the victim, don’t fall into the trap.

If you’ve decided you can no longer sustain the relationship or you find out information that makes you need to discontinue the relationship, it’s fine to say “I can’t see you anymore.” As humans we need relationships but we do not need every relationship. Be strong and remember you’re doing this for your own good.

Chicago Comes Together To Save Jingles The Dog

Just days after being rescued from an abandoned neighborhood garage, a 6-year-old black lab was brought in for a check-up. His new owner wanted to help Jingles have the life he deserved.

While everyone hoped for the best, Jingles unfortunately tested positive for heartworm disease, which requires a very lengthy and expensive treatment.

That was back in August of 2015 and fortunately the dog was examined at the Pet Well Clinic hosted by Spay Illinois, which was not about to give up on this animal.

They rallied everyone to work together to help raise the thousands of dollars it would cost to treat Jingles’ disease, and demonstrate that his life mattered.

“Together, we did it!” said Spay Illinois in a note to its supporters.

“Today Jingles is back to receive a neuter surgery. His blood test officially came back negative for heartworm disease and he can now live the happy and healthy life he deserved from the start.”

Newlyweds Become Medical Researchers To Find Cure For Wife’s Disease

Love may be able to conquer all, but having a Ph.D in biology certainly helps in this case.

Just after she married the love of her life five years ago, Sonia Vallabh received a dire prognosis from her doctors about their future together: Sonia had a severe genetic mutation known as genetic prion disease.

The illness has no known cure and given the severity of the condition, the newlywed was told she would only be able to live with her husband Eric Minikel for another twenty years or so.

Taking matters into their own hands, Erin and Sonia decided that if no one else was going to find a cure, they would have to do it themselves.

After taking night classes in biology, the duo quit their jobs when they were accepted into the Ph.D program at Harvard.

The two are now researchers at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, working side by side toward a cure and a longer future together.

Courtroom Judge’s Caring Speech Brings Trouble Teens to Tears (SEE IT)

A judge’s brutally honest speech caused teens in her courtroom to finally consider the consequences of their actions.

Superior Court Judge Verda Colvin was lecturing the young people on what results their actions would likely lead to in the future–and that’s when she broke out the body bag.

“You can have the ultimate experience… you can be in this body bag,” the Georgia judge told the teens. “And the only way somebody will know you’re in here is this tag with your name on it. What do you wanna do?”

She told the kids she loved them even though she didn’t personally know them. Judge Colvin, who is African-American, said the imprisonment rate for the local black community upset her.

“I am sick and tired of seeing people who look like you and I come in my courtroom and I have to sentence them to prison,” she said, before cheering them on to do better and make something of their lives.

The Bibb County Sheriff’s Department brought the kids to Colvin’s courtroom as part of it’s “Consider the Consequences” program to deter youthful offenders from following a life of crime.

(WATCH the video below – Warning: Graphic Language at 4:00-4:35)

Scientists Discover ‘Reverse Photosynthesis’ — Amazing News for the Environment

A new discovery promises to harness sunlight and air to turn plants into fuel — hundreds of times faster than current methods.

You probably learned in school how photosynthesis uses the sun to help plants grow by turning sunlight into chemical energy. Scientists have now discovered what they’re calling “reverse photosynthesis” which uses the same process to break down plant material and create useful chemicals from plants.

Researchers believe bacteria and fungi use reverse photosynthesis to effectively suck the nutrients out of dead plants, and they think it can be use to turn the gases from rotting plants into a liquid fuel — methanol.

In the process they discovered, sunlight and chlorophyl – which combine to create photosynthesis – when combined with a specific enzyme has the potential break the bonds of hydrogen and carbon in plant cells.

“This is a game changer, one that could transform the industrial production of fuels and chemicals, thus serving to reduce pollution significantly,” University of Copenhagen Professor Claus Felby and lead researcher said.

Biofuel makers currently use slow and expensive chemical processes to create their products, but reverse photosynthesis could drastically change the way they work. Replacing much of the energy involved with simple sunlight could save enormous amounts of energy currently required to get the same results.

Scientists at the University of Copenhagen’s Plant Science Center say their discovery will allow the manufacture of clean biofuels “faster, at lower temperatures and with enhanced energy-efficiency.”
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“Some of the reactions, which currently take 24 hours, can be achieved in just 10 minutes by using the Sun.” David Cannella, a fellow researcher and discoverer, said.

The researchers published their findings this week in the journal Nature Communications.

How—and Why—to Take Your Life Back from Email

By Christine Carter

Regain your time, attention, and energy from the email machine.

I have a full and rewarding career, and four teenagers who go to four different schools. I couldn’t have the life I do without email. I am certain of this.

But email is also a disaster. It’s mostly a giant to-do list that other people create for you—people (and companies) who don’t know and probably don’t give a damn about your highest priorities or the other things you’re hoping to get done today.
This is why I aim to spend 45 minutes or less reading and responding to emails a day, only four days a week. This frees up hours and hours to do my most important work, and to do the things that I value the most, like hang out with my children.

There are real challenges to managing the amount of time we spend on email, mostly because email is so satisfying and stimulating and easy to check constantly. It can feel enormously gratifying to delete emails in rapid succession. Checking email excites our brain, providing the novelty and stimulation it adores. In fact, our brains will tell us that we are being more productive when we are checking our messages than when we are disconnected from email and actually focusing on something important.
But checking is not the same as working. While it certainly feels productive to check email or answer a text, constant checking actually reduces our productivity. All that checking interrupts us from accomplishing our more vital work; once we are deep in concentration, each derailment costs us nearly a half an hour—that’s the average amount of time it takes to get back on track once we’ve been interrupted (or we’ve interrupted ourselves by looking at email).
This point is worth lingering on: how productive we are does not correlate well with how productive we feel. Checking our email a lot feels productive because our brains are so stimulated when we are doing it. But it isn’t actually productive: One Stanford study showed that while media multitaskers tended to perceive themselves as performing better on their tasks, they actually tended to perform worse on every measure the researchers studied.
I don’t mean to suggest that email is not a powerful or efficient tool. But like most tools, its value depends on how we use it.
To make email a more powerful and efficient tool, I suggest three main strategies. First, make compulsively checking email much less gratifying. Second, make checking email on a planned, set schedule much more gratifying. Finally, and most obviously, reduce the amount of time it takes to read and respond to email.
Here’s how:

1. Set up three different email accounts

I’ve experimented with a lot of different ways to do this, and while I do like a lot of the features of Google’s Inbox, it doesn’t go far enough, so trust me on this one.
  • You need a work account, only for email directed to you. No bulk email subscriptions, notifications, etc., will go to this account. If you are a stay-at-home parent, you can get away with two email accounts and skip this one.
  • You need a personal account, where your friends and family can email you. Have personal notifications from kids’ schools and invitations go here, for example, but not stuff that you want to read but will never need to respond to.
  • Finally, and this is critical, you need a bulk account, where all of your subscriptions and newsletters go. This is the only email address you should give to a company or organization. This is also where you should send ALL your social media notifications. (This is a good account to use with Google Inbox, because it will sort this email into things you want to read, and stuff like receipts.)
You’ve now got a work inbox that contains only messages you need to read and respond to when you are working. You can check your personal email when you get home, and you can set aside time to read all the interesting stuff that comes into your bulk account when you aren’t trying to get your work done.

2. Relentlessly unsubscribe

I mean it: Any newsletter or publication that you haven’t read and found interesting in the past three months gets deep-sixed. Marie Kondo the heck out of your email inbox: If a subscription doesn’t spark joy, unsubscribe. Just do it.
For most people, this is so much harder than it sounds, because of their FOMO (fear of missing out). Businesses rely on your FOMO to get their promotions in your hot little hands. Remember that every coupon is available with a quick Google search. So is every event calendar. And even every blog post. Unsubscribe, unsubscribe, unsubscribe.

3. Redesign how you schedule meetings and calls via email

This is especially true if there is a lot of back-and-forth in your email related to calendar items. Do your best to eliminate email correspondence related to “finding a time to…” I use Acuity Schedulingfor everything work-related: calls, client meetings, media interviews, office hours, etc. I use the“meet” feature on Sunrise Calendar for personal stuff.

4. Schedule the time you will spend on email, and design your life up to follow through on this

This is such an important step that I wrote a whole other post about it. Read it here. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP.

5. Get to inbox zero every single day

The first day you do this, you may have so many emails in your inbox that you need to declare email bankruptcy, or you may need to move ALL of the emails in your inbox to a folder to deal with at a later date.
This means you must block off enough time each day to get all the way to the bottom of your inbox in one way or another. If you need X hours a day to deal with your email, make sure you’ve scheduled X hours daily. Then, when you are in your scheduled time to read and respond to your email, respond to them all in one standard way or another. If a particular email is going to take more than five minutes to read and respond to, put it in a folder (“to do this week”) and add whatever it entails to your task list. That email is a different kind of work now—it’s part of a project or something that requires more than just emailing.

6. Take your work email account off your home or personal computer and your phone

This is the truth: You can’t efficiently respond to email from your phone; you can only monitor what is coming in. And this will keep you from being present wherever you are and doing whatever else you are supposed to be doing.
You are now a strategic email checker. You will respond thoughtfully and thoroughly to your emails. This will not hurt you at work; it will improve your standing.
(Do you check your work email on your phone when you’re just waiting in line and want to “get stuff done”? That’s a whole other problem. Don’t do it. Let yourself daydream; it will make you more creative when you get back to work. At the very least, just give yourself a break, for crying out loud.)

7. Now take your personal email account and your bulk reading account off your work computer

The first time I checked my work email after doing this, I mostly felt disappointed. It was so much less stimulating. There was nothing in my inbox that I could just quickly delete, and nothing fun and stimulating (like this Pure Wow article) that you can read in two seconds.
This disappointment is super important, because it started to decrease my deep and persistent desire to check constantly. But another great thing happened: I got to the bottom of my inbox! I replied to everything, the same day I received it! How awesome! And satisfying! This accomplishment was so inherently rewarding that it started to reinforce my new, more strategic, email checking habit.
Good luck, everyone! If you need help with this, please submit your questions in the comment box, and join us for this webinar where I will talk you through this email-management method (and answer your questions).