Email – a productivity drain

Oscar Berg shares some thoughts on email as the biggest productivity drain.
“one thing that has made email the biggest productivity drain for knowledge workers is the burden this style of communication puts on the recipient.”

This is unfortunate consequence of using email, anyone can sent it to you and now you need to react to it event if it’s deleting.

Oscar proposes a following solution: “In an opt-in culture, each and everyone can choose which conversations they want to participate in and contribute to”.

With this approach the communication is moved off email exchanges and to team blogs, SharePoint sites etc. This way all interested/relevant users can participate in making progress on the project.

Unfortunately this only reduces the problem of too much email hence strategies like the Inbox Zero are still useful and worth practicing.

Email is the biggest productivity drain for knowledge workers 

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