The impact email has had on productivity is arguably positive. It has sped up communication and disrupted limitations on when and where we can do business. But consider these two unintended consequences.

First, email inboxes have become to-do lists and communication of record for some. But often, different subjects are discussed in a string, while the subject line remains the same. This makes searching and finding specific details a challenge. So, consider changing the subject line when you change topics within an email string, or just start a new email. This will make it easier to find important info.

Second, if you like to catch up on email during late nights or weekends, schedule their delivery time. That way, you get tasks off your plate without interrupting the recipient’s personal time. If your email service allows, schedule the arrival of your email just before the start of the next workday.


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