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:

So if you want to spend less time doing email, just being more efficient isn’t going to help. Things like Mailbox, Boomerang, Taskforce, etc. only make you email more and faster.

 
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