8 ways email drags down productivity

Beyond key questions about who should be included on which message threads, there’s also the impairment of your mental focus and sheer drain on your time.

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For years I’ve known that email is evil.

It wasn’t until I started working in a team that I realized how much time and energy gets swallowed by this creature. We learn from our mistakes.

Email is just like a game of Tetris. You start with a clear goal of getting your inbox down to zero. When you’ve achieved that and turned your eyes away from the screen, you hear a notification—that annoying signal that you got a new email.

There’s not a chance in hell you could actually win the game—unless you accept this reality and move on to better tools and methods.

Why should you restrict the email use in your team? Here are eight reasons:

1. It wastes a lot of time.

On average, an office worker spends 25 percent of his or her workday answering and sending emails. This means 1,500 hours a year goes to writing emails, searching for information and attempting to “collaborate” internally.

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