We’ve scoured the earth for studies on email overload and interruptions. Here’s what we found.
The average person spends 28% of the workweek reading and responding to email
– The McKinsey Global Institute found that an average employee spends 13 hours a week reading and responding to email. That’s by far the most time-consuming work activity at 28% of our work time.
– This equates to 650 hours a year spent on completely reactive, low-value work.
– Key takeaway: Email overload is a global epidemic.
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Less than half of emails deserve attention
At SaneBox we’ve thought long and hard about optimal email workflow and have come up with a long list of rules and tips.
One of these rules is so important, it should be both rule #1 and #2, just like in Fight Club. It will require a substantial shift in your thinking about email, but this rule will change your life: don’t make clearing your Inbox your top priority.
This morning, when we had processed only 2,147,483,648 emails, everything was fine.
Then the 2,147,483,649th email came in and there just wasn’t any more room (turns out this is the magic maximum value you can express with an “int”). It was a rough morning for our team. And for those of you that rely on us to bring you email Sane-ity.
However 3 good things happened while we were down: