Timehop reminded me this morning that it was a year ago that danah boyd published her guide to taking a vacation without the burden of email (while you’re away and when you return).
If you haven’t read it, check it out. We’ve got to take responsibility to manage the information that we receive and the attention we give it. danah’s approach makes all kinds of sense.
At its most crass level, an email sabbatical is when you make all of your email bounce. But you can’t simply turn off your email without pissing off countless people in your life. Thus, an email sabbatical is actually a series of steps to let you step away from your inbox guilt-free and return to an empty inbox upon your return.