Better than an “email vacation”
From Taking E-Mail Vacations Can Reduce Stress: a UC Irvine study has found that “people who do not look at e-mail on a regular basis at work are less stressed and more productive.” (See research PDF.) The suggested solution is to “take a few days away” from email, and rely on coworkers to pass along any “important work events.”
Much like inbox bankruptcy, simply running away from email overload doesn’t solve the problem. What does work is to engage email as described in Bit Literacy (free Kindle ebook, free iBookstore ebook). To summarize: move your action items to a todo list, and archive or delete everything else. The inbox should be empty at least once a day.
Here’s my inbox as I type this. It’s really hard to feel overloaded or stressed looking at this: