What Needs To Change Before You Can Give Up Email Completely?

Few people love email, but it's a necessity for most. Productivity specialist Claire Burge decided she had enough and ousted it from her life entirely. For many of us, however, that's easier said than done. What would it take for you to remove email from your life entirely?

Claire was able to accomplish the task by using other methods of communication and the help of an autoresponder:

I started letting people know about my decision and thought it would be the easiest part of the process. It proved to be the hardest. I put a note on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to announce my decision. I put an auto-responder on my email[.]

While communicating through speed-appropriate channels like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other sites can reduce email volume, we've yet to see anyone eliminate it entirely before.

If you don't like email and would like to have it out of your life, what's stopping you? Is it your job? Do you like that everything is in one place and would like that with social media sites instead? Let us know in the comments below.

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    Yes, because sending a message through a social network site is so much different to email.


      To be fair, the writer of the source article has moved much of her former email communications into online collaborative project management tools. Not quite social networking.

      Last edited 26/01/13 7:12 pm

    Email? HA i gave that up long ago, Aussie post is my email

    In my view, it should be the other way round - stop using all the other sites for communication and just use email, BUT manage it instead of freaking out. There are literally hundreds of different tools and techniques to manage email, but to me the most important one is to manage other people's expectations of you. Let them know when to expect a response from you.

    All these other sites use email as the common denominator, if just to notify you that there is a message waiting. So, unless you don't have the person's email address, or the other site has a purpose that enhances your productivity (like a project management or online collaboration tool), then stick to email. After all, the whole world uses it, but lots of people don't use Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter etc.

    Many people tend to think that the problem lies with the tool - it doesn't, it lies with the way you use it.

      Exactly. It is also worth pointing out that email is absolutely embedded in the Australian corporate world. It's not going anywhere and you can't simply 'turn it off'.
      I also agree that if replacing email with Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn increases your productivity then you have bigger problems than the form of the communication.

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