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Reclaiming My Attention – Part 2

I have always been a productivity nerd. When I was in junior high, my father would buy books on cassette by authors such as Stephen Covey to listen to on his daily commute and, at some point, I started listening to them as well. I had a Franklin Day Planner in high school. And as […]

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Another post about email, but this time with recommendations

Introduction As the head of outreach for an academic library, I spend a lot of time thinking about how best to communicate with other people. Most of my job involves bringing people together, managing projects that involve multiple units, and keeping the right people in the loop at the right times. Determining the best method […]

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The opportunity to breathe

“The right to disconnect isn’t necessarily an obligation … but it’s an opportunity — to claim a little breathing room; to realize that the world won’t stop turning, or even producing words or widgets, without one person’s constant vigilance.” Source: The French Counterstrike Against Work E-mail – The New Yorker

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I would be perfectly fine with getting rid of email

“Email, as a technology, is not intrinsically bad. But the unstructured workflow it engenders is disastrous. We need to fix it.” Source: Harvard Business Review

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We’ve been doing it wrong for a long time

Personally, I think email would be a lot better if we treated it like chat: no salutation or sign off (except maybe in the initial email) and definitely no signature. Also, character limits. Source: You’re Ending Your Emails Wrong, Bloomberg