Remember the old business advice to never let the same piece of paper cross your desk twice? Meaning that each time you shuffled through the same stack to find something, each time you handled something you didn’t need in an effort to find something you did, was slowing you down and wasting your precious time. Productivity was at its peak when your desk was clear, allowing your undivided attention on the task at hand. Then came the email explosion.
Sure, you’ve been using email for years but in more recent times email has been almost completely replacing the paper forms, reports, summaries, receipts and newsletters. This is great news for those still struggling to count the number of times a piece of paper crosses their desk. But it can be terrible new for those who have yet to master their inbox.
We all want to be in the know and there is a sense of insider-knowledge/learning/expertise/etc that comes with all of that information. Compound that with not really having to touch any of it and it is easy to sign-up, subscribe and otherwise blow our inboxes to smithereens.