Back to the grindstone today and catching up with the wad of eMails in my inbox. Not as many as usual, but then I have been actively trying to manage my email numbers downwards. eMail really is the spawn of the devil and is completely misused in today's business environment. For example, I was out for 7 business days and in that time received 114 emails (an average of 16.28 messages per day). Of these, 70 were instantly deletable, things like:
- meeting invites for last week
- machine generated notifications
- cc's on things that don't really concern me
- announcements which are summarised into a single weekly message (meaning I actually get these twice!!)
- one long joke thread.
This means that 61% of my email is rubbish.
There's a long way to go before I can consider switching eMail off altogether, but I still think I can get it to a slimmer point yet, and that has become a goal. I still have 30 that are worthy of some attention, although of these, so far I've seen 5 that I'm likely to respond to. Just for the sake of completeness - 5 eMails!! = 4%!!. Tells a story doesn't it.
I have a feeling the answer to this problem lies in Social media. The likes of Twitter & Facebook make for a far more direct method of contact, and you're far more likely to get in touch, if you NEED to get in touch. I wish I'd thought of it, but I can't take the credit for it. The most eloquent and driven proponent of this thinking that I've found so far, has to be Luis Suarez. Have a read of this http://www.elsua.net/ and see if you don't agree.
I'll write more on this later in the year as my inbox shrinks.
Freebie time now....
First of all, I have 5 invites for Tweasier... first come first served if you drop me an email or DM with your email address in. Eh? Hang on. What's Tweasier ?? It's a Twitter analysis tool (sort of). I'm still trying it out so I'm not 100% certain what I think of it yet, but if you want to learn a bit more about it, here's the video:
And then secondly of all... a free listen of a brand new Album from 3DiCD. I'm sure you remember me blathering on about Howard Jone's release of Ordinary Hero's. Well, today see's the launch of Syd Barrett's forthcoming release "An Introduction to..." For those of you who don't know, Syd Barrett was of course the original front man from Pink Floyd. There's everything you ever wanted to know just a click away, here: http://www.sydbarrett.com/
Do me a favour and turn it down just a tad.... I'm trying to read a ridiculous amount of eMail here! ;-)
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