If you’ve been following my twitter feed you’d have heard me complain about falling behind on email.
A few weeks ago my work inbox was going to hundreds of emails and I couldn’t keep track.
It all started when I synchronized my office email to my phone.
The idea is I could use my free time at home or elsewhere to process and clear off my work email.
But the situation only got worse. When I was at home I wouldn’t want to check non-critical email. Some emails needed me to be at office to take action.
When I was at my office computer I wouldn’t want to process emails either, waiting to do it “later at home”.
Slowly my mailbox was growing and I started losing control.
The solution came by accident.
My phone battery was draining really fast (need charging after 6 hours). I eventually tracked it down to the email app. I had no choice but to remove my work email from my phone.
Battery problem solved.
Within one week I was back to processing emails on my work computer and now I have zero emails in my inbox.
Email problem solved too!
So it’s a paradox. I thought having more devices to check emails would make me more productive, but it had the opposite effect.