The email trap

Email is no longer a tool for communication. What started out as a simple messaging system has evolved into a ubiquitous mass of daily data overload cascading into our inboxes. This data overload can be detrimental to productivity, as it is easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer volume of emails. To combat this issue, many organizations should adopt tools and techniques to help manage the flow of email and streamline communication.

According to a McKinsey analysis, the average professional spends 28% of the workday reading and answering emails, which amounts to 2.6 hours daily. This time could be used for more productive tasks, such as strategic planning and problem solving. Furthermore, the constant influx of emails can be distracting and cause stress. 

On a personal level, individuals should practice self-discipline and set aside specific times for responding to emails. In this way, unnecessary emails can be avoided and communication can be organized and efficient.

I’m still on my way to Inbox Zero, and failing spectacularly. But I think it’s a goal worth holding onto.


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