From Productivity Hole to Productivity Hub: The Problem With Email

Given the growing discussion trends of the overwhelming number of productive communication apps that keep popping up, we thought it’d be necessary to start an awesome series of blog shorts, on how to pacify our need for control over productive communication that starts with email. We call this little Mailbird Blog Short Series “From Productivity Hole to Productivity Hub.”

In this series we’ll cover:

1) The problem with email
2) Data on people + email + productivity and email usage
3) What it means to be productive when email is a major part of your job: Get more with less work philosophy
4) Best email practices
5) Why choose an email client?

So let’s dive into the first topic, blog 1 of 5 in Mailbird’s “Productivity Hole to Productivity Hub” series of blog shorts.

 

The Problem With Email

Email was literally the greatest technological advancement made to human communication in the 20th century, and…it still is. However what we see these days are a lot of people complaining about email that it’s too slow, it’s not secure enough, it’s ugly, it doesn’t work for how my team communicates in the work place, it kills my productivity, it’s very distracting, I have too much email, I wish I could check all my email from different accounts in one place, it’s boring and the list goes on. We are certain that you have one of the aforementioned email complaints, and if not, your own unique complaints. For something that is a prominent technology used worldwide, this is something that deserves a closer look. A deep investigation into the pursuit of email happiness.

 

Image Credit: http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/expert-email-marketing-pains-solutions
Image Credit: http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/expert-email-marketing-pains-solutions

 

Gina Trapani, blogger for Lifehacker, says it well.

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Image Credit: http://ginatrapani.org/

“While I agree that an overstuffed inbox and constant email monitoring can kill your day, this $700 billion a year cost to the American economy makes me raise one eyebrow high in doubt. Did researchers factor in how much time email actually saves people who use it? I get dozens of messages per day and spend a good amount of time managing all of them. I’m the first to complain about what a time sink email can be. However, if I had to get on the phone or mail a letter to Adam, Kevin, Tamar, and Jason every time I wanted to tell them something? Nothing would get done around here.” (http://lifehacker.com/399078/what-productivity-studies-really-show)

 

What is your main problem with email and how do you solve it? Let us know in the comments below.

  • Christin Baumgarten

    Hahahaha that is true:-) Do you switch of any email notifications then too or do you just “learn” to ignore them and only deal with them during your set email time?

    • I switched them off. Nothing more distracting. Plus those confidential emails always seem to pop up when I’m hosting a presentation!

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