Merlin Mann has made what he calls world’s dumbest and “awesomest” Automator app (Mac only). All it does is let you send an email without having to look at your inbox first. You start it and then the Gmail “Compose Message” window opens. Simple, but powerful.
Think about how crazy it would be to have to look at your entire history of text messages every time you tried to text a friend. Or if you were forced to see your history of phone calls each time you tried to make an outgoing call. Why is it okay to be forced to look at your email inbox every time you want to send an email?
Email can be a knowledge worker’s Siren. It beckons you forward with promises of exciting projects and gratifying announcements only to dash you against the rocks of busywork until your productive day has died a slow and agonizing death. Be like Odysseus and lash yourself to the mast. Download Merlin’s simple little app and avoid the impulse of looking at your inbox when all you need to do is send an email.