While the presentation focused on a wide range of topics about communication overall, the one area that Schindler discussed that has stayed in my mind is her feeling that email should go away. Schindler doesn’t like and doesn’t prefer (avoids) communication via email. She stated that people spend 40% of their work day on email.
Simply put, Schindler is of the belief that email should go away.
When I first heard this, I will admit, I thought the concept was a little (Ok more than a little) cray-cray. I mean NOT HAVE EMAIL??? How would I communicate without email? Phone, Social Media, in-person (gasp)?
I send/receive about 100 emails a day- I could not possibly call that many people a day and have that many phone conversations, even the thought of doing so sounds exhausting. What about using Twitter? Possibly but also exhausting to think about- I mean what if I had to fit every “email” into 140 characters.
But then something happened and a light bulb went off and I realized maybe I was the one who was a little cray-cray, in love with email that is, and I realized I might need a serious break-up and fast. I woke up in the middle of the night, couldn’t sleep and I started answering emails at 2 a.m. This is when I realized I might have a problem.
So, do I think that email should go away? No, but I think that we need to create a balance and just because we can’t sleep at 2 a.m. doesn’t mean we should be answering emails. There has got to be a balance right? A recent blog I was reading suggested “No Email Wednesdays” to encourage more face-to-face interaction (baby steps right?).
What do you think? Should it stay or should it go?