"I therefore decided to stop e-mail. Not just BCC's or CC's, but everything"

#Opinion

Wed, May 15th, 2013 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

On Quartz, a fascinating opinion piece by Lucien Engelen who, after realizing he was spending the vast majority of his day dealing with the 250 to 300 emails he received per day, decided to quit using them. Completely.

If every mail from/to consisted of one sheet of paper, that would be seven pallets of 200 packages of printing paper every month — and that’s even only assuming emails without attachments.

Imagine that every incoming email read by ‘someone’ took 60 seconds: That would quickly add up to as much as 12-1/2 hours per month. Every month that’s about 8 FTEs, in other words 96 people per year, mind you: one minute a mail for one person! Imagine if we could use that time instead to spend with patients and their family.

This blog is not about “green” thinking — which I do support by the way — but about what we do to others when we press that “send” button. After all, we keep sending messages with the intention that “someone” do “something” with them; read, process, answer, store, forward, ignore or even print.

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