I have to admit that I do have a stronger than normal attachment to the technology that keeps me connected to my “vital” contacts. On average I receive about 1100 email’s per day (that does not include the items that go directly to my spam folder). That is however spread through 6 different email addresses that include my work address, Gmail, an ancient Hotmail account and even a Yahoo account. I have several others that I don’t check and have let die off but yeah…1100 freaking emails per day! Even worse this does not include the Tweets, Friend updates and all the other Social Connectors that are vying for my time.
So what do I do to filter through this amount of well most of it is garbage but still important enough not to be relegated to outright SPAM but even if I was to just glance at this volume of email…how much time does that eat away at? Lets assume that I respond to about 10% of all emails that I am sent, and each reply takes on average 1 minute…just the act of replying takes up nearly 2 hours of my day…EVERY DAY, that is 60 hours per month or about 25 days per year spent on nothing but email.
For all you you who have been following my blog for some time you may have seen that I have started on a quest to build a better Krispy, a Krispy 2.0 if you will and the first thing that I need to do is reclaim this lost time.
Some might say it is simple…just don’t check your email and all is good. Well consider that as a Sales Professional 20%-30% of my sales come to me via email…that would be counter productive in a very real way. Filters might help but you know what…the big thing will be to really focus on productivity and I fear that the most productive route may be to defer email correspondence to specific times so that that will let me focus and cut down on the start/stop function that a constant connection brings.
I will test this concept today, gone will be push emails to my phone. My inbox will be hidden (still available to send emails but not to see what has come in). So to everyone…I do apologize if what took less than 5 minutes for me to respond in the past may take a couple of hours but with new priorities, some old functions need to be modified.
I wonder if quitting email is as hard as giving up smoking or coffee…well I guess we will find out…just 5 more days until a glorious time with my lovely wife on a relaxing cruise in the Caribbean and I must say…this could not have come at a better time for me!
Cheers and have a great day.
Chris J Powell