Inboxes Zero: Merlin Mann on anxiety, relationships and expectations – BTTDL059


avatarMerlin Mann is an Independent Writer, Speaker, and Broadcaster at and Cohost of Back to Work Podcast on the 5 by 5 Podcast Network with Dan Benjamin. You can find Merlin's previous appearance on this podcast here.

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  • Justin Connolly

    Amazing discussion around an all too overlooked hurdle to our development, and happiness.

    • Erik Fisher

      Thank you Justin. I’m glad you found it helpful. I certainly did.

  • Mike

    Mr Mann hit the nails on the heads again, this rings true with a lot of things I’m trying to get right with my own focus and attention. Great show Eric, I really appreciate your work.

    • Erik Fisher

      Thanks Mike!

  • Adam Silver

    What an amazing episode. I’d like to hang with Merlin for a day or so! He and I have similar thought patterns , as wild as that is!

    Oddly enough, I use Apple Mail (Desktop & iOS).. no problems with it, as I don’t let email run my life. I act on it, file it or delete it fairly quickly. Sure there are the emails I get that cause some reaction – usually from a client where it’s something I forgot to do something..but I digress.

    SPAM on the other hand.. blah… I get ~ 35 a day. Considered migrating email to Google Apps but that is another action item for my Omnifocus!

    Thanks Erik!


  • Anita

    I started listening to Beyond the To Do List is Mid January 2014. Not sure how i got this podcast form the app store! but i did and i am very happy that i started listening to these podcasts. All of them are do informative. I have been struggling with time mangement, email and to do lists! as workin mom who spends three hours driving to work and home. Really blessed to be one of the listners to your project. Thank you thank you and thank you! Keep up the good work. Many blessings to you and your work, Anita

    • Erik Fisher

      Thank you Anita!

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  • Rishabh R. Dassani

    Great interview Erik!

  • chasereeves

    unfk’nbelievable. Sir Erik, you caught Merlin in the moment all interviewers wish they could catch him in. You’re the chosen one, Neo.

  • Omar Zenhom

    When will Mann seize to surprises us with such delicious goodies? More value than Costco.

  • Fred Firestine

    Thanks Erik and Merlin! I think Merlin identified something I have been feeling for a while, which has manifest in me obsessing over certain inboxes (according to his definition, from all sources), and ignoring others, out of a sense of dread. Now I can take a fresh look, do some filtering and pruning, and hopefully feel good about interacting with the information I receive. By the way, one of the “inboxes” is my podcast list, and I have been dreading the productivity and career ones, but I did push through and listen to this for 90 minutes minus the 2x speed time savings. :-)

  • Tracey Kazimir-Cree

    I’m finally starting to feel better about my overwhelm after listening to this. Thank you! (Also, I made Merlin happy by going and listening to the Back To Work podcast he referred to near the end.) Thanks guys. I needed that!

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  • Tracey Kazimir-Cree

    I am re-listening to this right now and I’m curious… Merlin says he uses gmail for email. I would love to do that for the spam filtering alone, but I manage multiple domains and I think that could get costly. Erik, do you have any suggestions? Right now I’m using apple Mail, which is not very feature-riffic and the spam assassin on my server is seemingly worthless. I feel like my mail management is really holding me back. I’d love to hear any ideas you have. Thanks! (I’m on a mac desktop and use android for my phone, if that makes a difference.)

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