Agree or Disagree? “Email will be dead by the end of 2012.” was a Facebook update of Mindjet software. So far it got 26 comments and 2 people liked it. Most of the commenters disagreed that Email will be dead by 2012. Totally understandable.
What I would like to touch upon is not the answer but the question itself.
Why ask this question when …..
- inboxes are overflowing with email?
- email spam is not an issue anymore?
- knowledge workers have their email open all the time?
Do you think email has become ineffective because…
- you see action items, risks and issues lost in email?
- it may take maybe 10 seconds or maybe 3 months to get a reply back for the email you sent?
- some email content is unfathomable that you read multiple times and still cannot figure out what you need to do with the email?
- you get copied on everything and anything?
If email is dead by 2012….
- Will anyone be happier?
- Will knowledge workers be more productive?
- Will companies save money?
My answer to the main question, “Agree or Disagree? “Email will be dead by the end of 2012.” is, personally, I do not care. I have tamed the beast. I get to zero inbox daily by following GTD methodology.
Before GTD, I switched from one extreme to another. I used to answer all my emails and not get any real work done. Then I switched back to answering only funny emails and ignored all work related emails unless someone nagged me.
Before GTD, I would send a critical email and then IM each of the recipients to check my email. Very time consuming. Very ineffective. I have now figured out a better way for non-responders of email without nagging them.
Shown below are some of my earlier posts regarding email.
- Email irritation – cool infographic
- Are you an emailer? The real problem and the solution
- Are you an emailer? 4 wrong ways of defining the email overload problem.
- Productivity Tip # 8: Turn off email notifications
Thanks for reading. Have a great day!