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    The New Yorker | Cal Newport | 2/26/21 | 12 min
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    • bartadamley
      4 weeks ago

      Cal Newport wrote this piece excellently. I am convinced there is no such thing as "catching up" on email.

      "E-mail creates for example, a tortuous cycle that increases the amount of work on our plate while simultaneously thwarting, through constant distraction, our ability to accomplish it effectively."

      What would a workplace without email even look like?

      • Human1234562 weeks ago

        Would be great!!! The amount of email on corporation is just ridiculous. However, each member can modify the way we use the email and improve that. I have a rule, if we are back and forth 3 times, I just make a call. Sometimes messages are not understood due to language barriers or even like is mentioned here, we do not take the time to write a detail email and that causes issues. Really interesting reading.

    • deephdave
      Top reader this weekReading streakScout
      1 month ago

      It’s useful, of course, that we can communicate instantaneously, with almost no friction or cost. But humans are not network routers. Just because it’s possible for us to send and receive messages incessantly through our waking hours doesn’t mean that it is a sustainable way to exist. Technologies serve us best when we deploy their new efficiencies with intention, with an aim to improve the human condition. We shouldn’t banish e-mail, but we can no longer allow it to be used in such a way that guarantees our misery.