Agree or Disagree? “Email will be dead by the end of 2012.”

Agree or Disagree? “Email will be dead by the end of 2012.”

Posted on January 25, 2012

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.

  1. Email irritation – cool infographic
  2. Are you an emailer? The real problem and the solution
  3. Are you an emailer? 4 wrong ways of defining the email overload problem.
  4. Productivity Tip # 8: Turn off email notifications

Thanks for reading. Have a great day!


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  • Reply girish January 28, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    I dont care either. But I am curious to know how to manage time effective by using less emails.

    • Reply Shakeel Akhtar January 29, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      Girish, thanks for the comment. GTD gives you many tools to get to zero inbox daily. Following gtd principles, the book that helped me most was by Sally McGhee “Take back your life! Using Microsoft outlook to get organized and stay organized.”

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