The End of Email…

How much is too much?

One thing is for sure, is people love to hate eMail as its one of those “things” everyone likes to complain about having too much of. Now think about it, how many times is it that people complain about having too much of something other than weight and age. However this seems to be the case with eMail and like with “weight” everyone seems to want to swear it off however never seem too as in reality its one of those nasty little secrets folks don’t talk about. Ok, be honest with yourself you peek, yes you do like the rest of us out there open your eMail App with the hopes of seeing new eMail and in fact you want to see a lot of mail in there. Because the more mail you have, the greater your popularity must be right? As in business, the more mail you have, the greater your “need

is therefore the greater your “personal” value to the organization, so while publicly you complain the real goal is to flaunt your numbers.

Much like industrial fliers out there who rack up the miles in the gazillions and waltz to the front of the line, where they whip out that gold or platinum card and bam their the man. Your sitting there in a business meeting openly complaining about the number of mails you get and how they never seem to end, however there is a hidden glint in your eye as your words bounce around the room as you appear to be talking to yourself. In fact let me ask you a personal question if I may, how many eMail accounts do you have? Ok, bet you dollars to donuts its more than one, and even more than two I would bet for most. So if you hate it that much, why do you have so many, is it a complex of being less connected if you will then your next door neighbor or is it that implied sense of loneliness you feel when there isn’t a Star Bucks in sight to comfort you with a cup of black Joe to jolt you into a feeling of being of comfortably numb with jitters.

Actually as things go, eMail is the old man of the connected world as today we have IM (Instant Messenger), Video Chat, SMS, RSS, feeds and the list rolls on so why does eMail still live? The answer is simple as eMail unlike IM or the other “immediate” forms of new communication can be put off, in fact it can be aliened from the sender in a strange disembodied way as if your anything like me (which I bet you are when it comes to eMail) you have some tasks just sitting in your in box right now you haven’t actioned for whatever reason. They simply exist as a disembodied obligation which you can pick and choose at will and the sender won’t even know (don’t get me going on return receipts as anyone who sends one of those are deleted) if their request made it or not let alone your intent. Also yes fully understand there is a set of eMail etiquette involved which should be applied just as in a conversation. However this post isn’t to wax on the Mary Manors of Mail, it’s to wain on the topic of eMail and the way it’s processed by our “id” and influences your “ego” as there is a primal aspect to eMail which rather than setting in your frontal lobes as most high level homosapien style tasks do. It instead sets with our lizard brain in the amygdala right next to our fight or flight response systems.

Oh, sorry look at the time, apologies as I will have to pick this up tomorrow (maybe) as I just have a ton of eMail to get to as you know I get hundreds each day and the in boxes of my 6 accounts are just ready to explode from my personal eMail hell…


About Joseph Campbell

As a strong believer in the fact that "people work for people", it has been a life driver to better to understand the complexities of the various aspects which drive efficiency within this axiom, especially the concepts of leadership. Supporting this, I have been fortunate enough to having experienced this as leader on a global basis over the last decade and half. During this time it has been clear there are three core drivers being Life, Leadership and Economics.
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