E-mails are (unfortunately) not yet dead

For many years now, so-called internet and social media experts sell every seat in seminars predicting the end of communication via e-mail. I assume that this hypothesis come from the same minds that believe in completely paperless offices: Ideas that have been announced for a long time, told and retold for an even longer period of time, but never turned into reality. Of course, we write fewer e-mails with friends and family than we used to in the early 2000s. Whatsapp and other chat forums help simplifying a more effective and informal way of communication. I have only one (in numbers: 1) contact in my e-mail account I still have a chat-like connection with. When it comes to business matters, however, I feel like the use of e-mails still seems to increase. I recently read an American guidebook of approximately 20 pages (not online though, for once, but a real book) whose main messages I want to quickly summarize: The author suggests, for example, to store all your e-mails in four our fewer files. I suppose that the effect is comparable to me putting all physical documents (or files) on my desk into a cabinet: out of sight, out of mind 😉 We all know that we should check our e-mail program no more than 3 times, but no one ever follows that “rule”. Gallows humor might be the answer after all to the question on how to handle the flood of e-mails. Look at what I heard in a meeting: “The e-mail was only sent to me «in copy». So, I did not reply.” To which the sender said: “It’s a matter of coincidence really whether I put someone into «copy» or «original». To which the receiver of the e-mail answered: “It’s a matter of coincidence really whether I reply to e-mails or not.” This might be a good rule: Randomly selecting three e-mails a day to reply to. Try it out!


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