SQL Server Performance

Productivity Without E-mail

Discussion in 'EditorsBlog' started by shanetasker, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. shanetasker New Member

    Over the last two days I have been focusing on finalising my Tech-Ed presentations for New Zealand and Australia. In order to ensure that I was not distracted I turned off all interruptions. Everything from e-mail to instant messenger and even my cell phone were turned off so that there were no external distractions at all. To be perfectly honest the last two days have been the most productive days that I have had for a long time. I know that much of my day can be spent sitting in Outlook, meaning that by the end of the day I feel like I have achieved nothing more that add a dozen or more tasks to my To Do list. The last two days have been a liberating experience; I have felt that by cutting the umbilical cord to my inbox I have achieved so much. Looking at the number of unread messages I now have, though, has taken the shine off breaking free.
    I sometimes think that e-mail is more of a distraction then a productivity tool. I am a big fan of picking up the phone and calling someone. Often a phone call will only take a few minutes whereas an e-mail conversation can take numerous e-mails to archive the same result. Do you think that e-mail is productivity tool or just another distraction we can often do without?
    - Peter Ward
  2. pinhigh New Member

    This is a tough question and a common dilemma, however I have to say for me, email is in the long run, a productivity tool for me. I realize it takes longer initially to set up the communication, but sometimes the clarity is actually better when written out and if one judiciously saves this electronic communication it often eliminates the need to visit and re-visit the same topic when it can easily be retrieved almost anytime and almost anywhere.
  3. unclebiguns New Member

    I prefer email over the phone for the following reasons:1. I can read and answer the email at my convenience, a phone call that is answered must be dealt with immediately to the detriment of what you are working on.2. Composing the email allows me to think through what I want to say and sometimes eliminates the need for the email.3. Just like I have thought through my email before sending I hope that anyone sending me an email has done that as well so I don't have to wait for them to gather their thoughts.4. Email leaves a nice trail of what was said and by whom. I like having a trail to back me up.5. Email typically stays on topic and if it doesn't I can ignore the off-topic stuff.Email is not more productive if you feel the need to read and answer every email immediately and if the person(s) you are writing to never reply (biggest problem I have).
  4. Greg Larsen New Member

    Yes, I think email takes longer to communicate the same thing as a quick phone call. But it does provide something a phone call doesn't. That is an audit trail of comments and decisions.

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