Email can overshadow our other work and make even a successful day feel like a failure, if it doesn’t end with an empty inbox. My cover story for The Wall Street Journal‘s Leadership Report maps out a better approach to email, and shares my own success beaten email back to a manageable part of my work. As I write in this story:
Breaking free of email meant changing long-standing habits. Instead of seeing conventional messages as the simplest way to reach out to colleagues or swap important documents, I embraced new technologies that made getting in touch and collaborating more natural and less stressful. These new tools encourage you to reach out to the people you need only when you need to—eliminating pointlessly cc’ed notes—and they encourage informal messages that get right to the point and don’t represent a big time commitment.