The Bullet Journal
I love technology...and I don't. So I was very impressed with the Bullet Journal concept. I have been using a system like this for years which I simply evolved for myself. EG - I have a series of symbols I use to indicate things like "send an email".
The Bullet Journal has a well thought out system (way better than what I do - and better thought out). So no point in sharing my system which is not as comprehensive.
The video on the Bullet Journal page is worth watching.
Let me know in a month if you continue to use this system.
There is a great article in HBR on the inefficiency of email. The compelling title is "Some Companies are banning email to improve Productivity"!
One line I love in the article - "email as a new form of knowledge pollution".
I know email can distract. I also know it can contribute to "busy work" at the detriment of accomplishing larger and more important things.
I think rather than killing email, it is best to develop killer systems for managing the volume. Simple disciplines like blocking no-email times and only checking email at specific times. Email is still more efficient that phoning or speaking to someone. I once read a stat that a person could do 7 times more email than phone conversations. I think even that is low.
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