Duhigg recommends a high-level procrastination technique that he feels can change your view of e-mail: “Have a side folder for messages that you don’t want to deal with at the moment but are hesitant to delete.” Drag e-mails (unopened or opened) into this folder without reservation. “I think you’ll be surprised how unguilty you’ll feel about it,” he says. Here’s where the magic happens: Leave the e-mails there long enough and they’ll take care of themselves. “You’ll probably discover that most of them never really needed your attention,” says Duhigg. “If it’s really a big deal, people will e-mail you again.” To build up your tolerance for this approach, check the side folder weekly. If something in there does need a response, you’ll still be in the ballpark for replying. As you get more comfortable, check less often—every two weeks, monthly. Duhigg checks his exactly never: “I put e-mails in the folder to pretend that I’m going to pay attention to them someday, but I’m not.” For him—and maybe you—it’s a step toward deleting without guilt, like moving the clothes you never wear to the attic before carting them to Goodwill.