When I first began penning this article, I thought it would be a quick missive on the need for a change of perspective on e-mail, as well as some suggestions to make our use of this powerful tool more effective. About half way through writing it, though, it became obvious that there was much more to be said.
The result is this three-part series with a more in-depth discussion about the roots of the e-mail problem and the substantiation for the suggestions presented. It is my hope that readers find some new insights into how we can remodel our relationship with e-mail and its sister technologies – texting and posting.
In the end, these tools are here to stay and it is our choice about how we want to integrate them into our lives. Using e-mail productively can make very good use of our time – the only truly important non-renewal resource we have.