My addiction is tied to the need to keep clean inboxes.

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I’ve been trying to get my email addiction under control.

I disabled push notifications on my iPhone, so I don’t see any new messages come through in real-time. The problem is I now check my email more often — like every 3–4 minutes.

It’s not healthy.

My addiction is tied to the need to keep “clean” inboxes, which means having zero unread emails, zero unsent drafts, and zero spam. If I’m not careful, I’ll be in a state of reactivity for hours.

Stephen Covey would say that I’m living between Quadrants 3 & 4 of the Urgent / Important matrix

Life Lessons

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I turned 29 last month, and it affected me more than I expected.

My entire life, I’ve been a forward-looking optimist. I always spend more time thinking about the future than I do reflecting on the past. In general, I’m drawn to the potential of what could be, not what has been.

And in many ways, my never-look-back personality has been a positive thing. It’s enabled me to recover quickly from life’s punches, although they seem to come harder and faster all the time. It’s driven me to fail fast, take risks, and dream big.

However, when 29 hit, I…

I’ve been a freelancer on Upwork for a little over two years. In that time, I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs. It wasn’t until I met a tremendously successful software engineer on the platform (Ben A.) that things turned around for me.

Ben was incredibly generous in offering advice based on his own experiences. I implemented his recommendations immediately. Since then, I’ve built a healthy business and have a steady influx of work. I’ve also been able to weather the COVID-19 storm, which would have crushed me two years ago.

Below are five simple tips from Ben…

I bought my first crock-pot when I was 24 years old. It changed my life.

I know that sounds dramatic, but it’s true. At the time, I was a few months into a new and demanding job. I often had to choose between eating well and getting enough sleep, which was a trade I didn’t like making.

I also wanted to succeed at my new job. I thoroughly enjoyed the work, my team, and the company overall. I realized how much taking care of oneself matters when working alongside intelligent people with high expectations.

A friend of mine recommended I…

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