Is email going the way of the dinosaur?

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You are now entering email hell! Buckle up.

YES! But not fast enough. And there is no clear winner standing in the wings. As we moved from preferring face-to-face to the telephone to email..  most of us are now drowning in email wondering what’s next.

People like to send me a text if there is an email that I need to read or if I have not responded quickly enough – how pathetic is that?! But they know I literally get multiple hundreds of emails a day at work – it comes with the job – and I have tried everything: multiple email addresses; setting up rules to send things to folders that I never get back to; color coding…my entire company took a class once that told us to do one of three things immediately: Discard, Delegate or Do.  Yeah, nice theory!

I’ve suffered through Microsoft Outlook crashes that left huge chunks of my email (aka my historical files) unrecoverable. I’m fed up with email!  And I know I’m not alone because now companies and teams are trying out all kinds of collaboration tools. Problem is everyone wants to try a new tool and for us pioneers stuck trying to figure out how to use them all and remembering which tool to go to for what, it’s a bit frustrating at times.  So, we use Salesforce, Sharepoint, Wikis and some cooler apps like Trello and Asana, just to name a few. 

I don’t really care which email replacement ultimately wins, I just want there to be a winner so we can all move on and overload that tool – that’s progress right?

Stay tuned for follow-up related topic posts  – apparently I have some pent up frustration around this topic: Is the written word dying? and Where are all of my documents ‘in the cloud’? and Adventures in Office365.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/groupthink/2014/05/29/email-overload-is-costing-you-billions-heres-how-to-crush-it/#593a74a95279

 

 

 

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