Email is out of control. For many of us in the working world, there’s just too much of it. Email has become a source of anxiety, a measurement of our failure to keep up.
I’ve done a ton of reading on the subject, trying to peer over my virtual backyard fence to see how other people manage their…
I have tried inbox zero more than once and it does work for a while because it forces you to make fast decisions on email.
But, as David implies, it does NOT prevent you from getting behind once you hit a tipping point of too much email.
His advice here is good but I’m not sure I’m ready to turn off email notifications or move to checking email only 3x a day when working in a corporate environment where people have come to expect (and in many times really do need) responses quickly.
This article also fails to mention what I think is the biggest problem with some corporate emails cultures which is the incessant need to CC everyone one every response in the chain. This creates so much email noise for everyone. One nice technique is to move selected people to BCC and state you’re doing so. This way, if someone wants to continue to be on the string, they can replay, otherwise, that’s the last they hear of the conversation.