E-mail is a great tool that has become both a blessing … and a curse. What was designed to be a productivity enhancer has slowly become a drag on productivity. When I started my career twenty-five years ago, email was in its very earliest incarnation. We had to log onto a terminal hooked up to a mainframe computer that was difficult to use. Thanks to this setup, no one wanted to linger on the machine. It forced us to know what we wanted to communicate before we logged in and to get right to the point. We learned to write shorter, punchier emails. Today, email is ubiquitous, much easier to use, and abused. Ask any manager how many e-mails he receives in a given day and the number [...]
You wake up, check email, get the car started, check email, get to work, and while you are waiting for your email application to load up on your desktop, you check email (on your phone), then you check email. Some studies (say, McKinsey’s Global Institute Report) argue that the average worker today spends about 28+ % of their time managing emails. The average worker also received about 147 email messages per day, and deletes about half of them.
There is no question that email today has become an extremely important part of our personal and professional lives. Try to live without your email for a week, and let me know how many times you almost pull your own hair out [...]