Does e-mail improve the way you work, or is it something that gets in the way of your work?
I have been using the e-mail guidelines form Merlin Mann which I mentioned at the beginning of the month and at this point I have no e-mail in my inbox.
Too much e-mail can impact on the day to day things you need to do as part of your job.
There are other ways of dealing with e-mail, one of which that some companies are doing is to ban e-mail for the day.
The BBC reports on how companies like Intel are having e-mail free days.
With inboxes bulging with messages and many workers dreading the daily deluge of e-mail, some companies are taking drastic action. Intel has become the latest in an increasingly long line of companies to launch a so-called ‘no e-mail day’. On Fridays, 150 of its engineers revert to more old-fashioned means of communication. In actual fact e-mail isn’t strictly forbidden but engineers are encouraged to talk to each other face to face or pick up the phone rather than rely on e-mail. In Intel’s case the push to look again at the culture of e-mail followed a comment from chief executive Paul Otellini criticising engineers “who sit two cubicles apart sending an e-mail rather than get up and talk”.
This is quite a drastic way of encouraging employees to talk, but ask yourself this, have you ever used e-mail back and forth to ask and answer questions with someone who was at their desk and therefore could have answered the phone?
Have you ever sent an e-mail rather than pick up the phone or walk over for a chat?
Do you ever exit Outlook (or your e-mail client) or is it always running all day?
Do you use e-mail or does e-mail use you?