Over the four weeks since (inspired by Lou Shackleton and her email sabbatical in January and Jack Hubbard’s #OfficeNotRequired campaign), I decided to put email aside as my main comms tool, I’ve been working on the how.
The how has led me to conclude that:
- Never ever using email is inconvenient. For me, for others. It’s an over reaction.
- Email is the most convenient way to share or receive one-off small documents or written details with someone you don’t collaborate with in a system like slack. So let’s keep using it for that. (“Can you tweet me those flight details?” “Um, no.”)
- But that’s all I want to use it for
- Oh, and for system registrations/booking confirmations etc. I don’t think Cineworld will personally whatsapp me my receipts just yet.
So how am I managing it?
Firstly, I’m communicating with my friends and colleagues that:
- I’m no longer using email as my primary tool
- I will fish important emails out of my inbox a few times a week
- Whatsapp, slack and the plain old brick phone (hello…? HELLO! I’m on my PHONE!!) are the best ways to contact me
- We can c0-contribute to communities that we share via slack and Facebook and possibly even Linkedin – let’s take our 1:1 conversation wider.
- If you ever completely stuck, you can find me on Linkedin and message me there. I’m not going off grid, just off email.
And how have I set up my world?
- Auto responder on all my email accounts saying roughly ^^
- Signature messages on whatsapp, linkedin etc explaining that I don’t use email as my primary tool
- Keep Mail closed apart from a quick check every couple of days
- Get used to ignoring stuff. If it’s important, they’ll find a way to get me to do it.
That’s it 🙂