I love email

I do, really. I love any form of online contact. So why do so many people bang on about what a burden email is? To be honest, as with so many things, it is more about them than it is about email.

The main problem is that the information fire-hose is just going to get bigger and bigger and will do whether you are using email, IM, Facebook or Twitter. At the end of the day we only have so much time and attention available to us and whichever tool you are using you are simply going to have to be more disciplined and say no to more people more often!

Most of the time I have NO emails in my inbox. If it creeps up as high as ten I get really uneasy. How do I do this? I unsubscribe from things that don't add value, ask people to stop sending me unfunny jokes and spam, delete ruthlessly and don't use my in box as a to-do list.

The other thing I do is write really short emails and think hard before I send them so that I don't add to other people's burden. Have you noticed that those who make the most noise about email invariably see it as "them" who are the problem?

[end of rant]