This is from an article in the November 9, 2013 edition of the New York Times.
So can contemporary writers — and nonwriters who are overwhelmed by email, i.e., pretty much everyone I know — take away any lessons from our literary ancestors’ less fraught relationship with correspondence? One possible tactic is to set aside a portion of each day for email and deal with it only at that time — to process email in batches, treating it like a daily delivery from the postman rather than a constant slow drip of communication.
If we all dealt with our emails is such a way, might we set aside time for other tasks and activities? Here is a list of activities I attempt to make time for each day.
2. Reading the Bible
3. Writing (letters, journals, manuscript development)
5. Laughing (with each member of my family)
What’s on your list?
- The Death of Letter-Writing (opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Missing Pages of the Bible (douggeivett.wordpress.com)
- The “Death of Writing” & Return of Oral Culture (theamericanconservative.com)