Email More, Faster
The more efficient you email, the more time you spend emailing.
This may sound a little counter-intuitive but it’s easy to see why it’s true. If you get good at managing email then you start to use it for to-do lists, alerts, customer service, knowledge base, and so on. Plus, your responsiveness is inviting other people to email you even more.
The time you save by having a more efficient email system is offset by the new demands you put on it.
I think the same principle holds for many other productivity tools:
- If you learn how to run efficient meetings, you’re going to start using them more often to get things done. Overall you’ll be spending more time in meetings than before.
- If you get good at using your calendar, you’re going to start using it for reminders, birthdays, vacation plans, etc. and thus spend more time overall managing your calendar.
- If you get good at Evernote...
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