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The Sensible Case for Totally Ignoring All the E-mails You Miss on Vacation

You now have permission to open your inbox, select all, and archive on your first day back at work

After less than a week at Lake George this summer, Matthew Harrigan came back from vacation to find 596 unread e-mails waiting for him. It took the managing director of Grand Central Tech, a New York City-based startup incubator, a full day to get through his inbox—and most of it was garbage. "Just over 12 percent is all that I’m reading," Harrigan said. "The rest I’m just deleting."

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