It’s almost 2012, and you probably still use email. For work, and for casual everyday things. You probably also get way too many emails – maybe enough emails to take up more productive time than doing actual work?
Seth Godin suggests his email checklist to help solve this problem. His last point on the list was: If I had to pay 42 cents to send this email, would I? Would you?
TEDChris suggests an email charter that makes a lot of sense to me.
There’s also this website that exists to spread the wonderful goal of email etiquette.
You could perhaps pass this along to other co-workers, or if you’ve got authority/responsibility, maybe even make some changes in your company email policy.
Writer Merlin Mann also has a great series called Inbox Zero that tells you “how to reclaim your email, your attention, and your life”
It used to be viagra spam in the 90’s. The 00’s have the problem of attention scarcity. Maybe we can do a little bit and help ease the lives of those you work/play with.
P.S: If you’re a developer with a few spare months on your hand, I will pay to get something like http://personamail.info/ for Windows.
This post was written after countless wasted productive hours of going through unnecessary emails I was copied into, reading 5 line emails where 1 would suffice, etcetera etcetera.