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Step away from the

What are we to do about the "eternal chore?"

No, we’re not talking about dishes or laundry or mowing the lawn. We’re referring to email and the endless, soul-sucking task of tending to one’s inbox.  

We can all agree that email is, at best, an imperfect form of communication. The back and forth is clunky and time-consuming, and it’s easy to misread tone.

For every "meeting that could have been an email," there are at least three convoluted email chains that should have been a phone call.

And the reply-all function is truly the stuff of nightmares.

On top of all that — research shows that, beyond being generally annoying, managing emails spikes our stress response and causes more feelings of anxiety than productivity.

So, can we just ditch it? 😂

Probably not… yet. Thanks to the increasing popularity of other collaboration tools, like Slack, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom — and the influence of a younger generation who are less entrenched in email — most organizations are starting to spend less time in their inboxes.

But email has been the go-to form of communication for decades; it’s going to be a while before it goes the way of the fax machine.

Until then, there are ways to make it suck a lot less. And maybe that’s starting with knowing when NOT to send an email.

Can you imagine if everyone understood just that?

— OfficeNinjas HQ

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