Email ought to be indispensable but for me it’s a resource drain. Over the last year I’ve heard many colleagues complain about the extent to which they’re drowning in email. I now find myself in a similar situation. It reminds of the time in the mid-90′s when my snail mail box heaved with material, most of which I never read. Each morning there can be up to 100 emails in my inbox. I filter extensively yet even so, the day starts with an impending sense of doom at the amount of stuff I need work through before doing anything useful. I’m seriously thinking about taking Luis Suarez advice and ditching email altogether. But then what’s the alternative?
I could get most of what I need via RSS. I could read group messages direct in those groups and respond at my leisure. I could make more use of Twitter though I doubt too many people would be pleased at that idea and I somehow think I’d be transferring one problem for another. I could treat as spam a significant number of messages that come through. I could kill my existing email account, start over and be rigorous about who I let know of the alternative email address. None of these solutions is particularly palatable but it is hard to think of workable alternatives.