So why do you spend so much time doing it?
Your job is to lead. Your job is to dream. Your job is to cast vision. Your job is to be a change agent. Your job is to accelerate the mission. If email helps you do that, then do it. More likely, email is slowing you down from doing the right things.
I was especially motivated when I learned how to get people to send you less email.
Research shows that for every five emails you receive, three require a response. This means that for every five emails we send, people send back three. I call this the boomerang effect. So if you eliminate just one out of every five outgoing emails, you’ll begin to receive roughly 12% fewer emails.
For the last six months I have tried to apply a few principles that seem to be working well for me.
- Sending less email so I get less email
- Separating the checking of my email from responding to email
- Ending each day with my inbox empty (Processed but not necessarily acted on)
Here are some articles I’ve found helpful and motivating.
6 thoughts on “The purpose of your job is not email”
Great post. Understanding the skill of managing email (i.e. inbox at zero) is not taught in our organization a lot. I can’t tell you the amount of people I know burdened with email so much that it takes them away from the true purpose of their job.
Great post! Love simple things that make my life more simple!
I heard today that someone taught their mom to use EOM (mentioned in one of the links above). I love it when people find value like that.