Get smart with email

Harold asks: do we suffer from information overload or do we have the wrong tools? Clearly, email is inefficient. It is like cars: everybody gets stuck in traffic.

To cope, I answer and compose emails only once a day, on a schedule (after 4pm). I check and prune my email regularly however.

How do you cope with email?

See also Improving your intellectual productivity by accepting chaos and How to manage email (Inbox Zero).

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Daniel Lemire

A computer science professor at the Université du Québec (TELUQ).

3 thoughts on “Get smart with email”

  1. Information Overload is not a new “concept” it has been experienced by people through history. One should always keep in mind that through history people have always complained about “information overload” 🙂

  2. To cope with email, I use the most powerful tool known to Man: denial. Seriously, how else could I be “following” the Inbox Zero approach, have 87 email in my @Action folder, 194 emails in my @Read-Review folder, and have 246 emails in my inbox, yet still sleep at night, albeit fitfully?

    I’m not sure that this is a tool issue. For example, just because you might like to build a beautiful armoire that you saw on the New Yankee Workshop doesn’t mean that there’s a tool out there that will magically do it for you. If you don’t have any free time to build it, it’s just not going to get done.

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