Book We Quit eMail: Let’s break the endless cycle of email. It was not invented as a mass communication tool. It is best used for sending documents and one on one communication. As soon as you need to communicate with more people, email becomes a monster.
Luckily there are many other tools and forms of communication that are far more efficient. Kim Spinder quit her email habit some years ago and shows us the way. She offers an email diet and quitting program which suits people who want to try it out as well as the radicals who stop using it completely. A very refreshing and rebellious book.
Here’s a preview of the book We Quit eMail
The end of the year was approaching and I was struggling just to keep up with my inbox. Emails kept pouring in day after day. Whatever I did, I couldn’t get through them all. Email was causing
more and more stress, miscommunication, and frustration. A slight sense of despair was coming over me, as I realized that I had spent most of the year running from meeting to meeting, frenetically trying to snatch the time between to answer my emails. Finally, when I got home I would do my ‘actual’ work and go through the as yet unanswered emails; and still there would be a colleague the next morning asking me: ‘Haven’t you read my email yet?’
I felt like I was constantly playing catch-up, which was seriously denting my motivation. And I hated the fact that my schedule was being dictated by others. My personal to-do list kept on growing, left on hold while I answered my ever demanding emails. After every meeting, my inbox would be full again. I felt trapped in a vicious circle I couldn’t escape. How great it would be if I could actually decide for myself when and how to communicate and collaborate with others.I asked myself what I was actually contributingto society. Was it of any value at all? What I wanted was to make a meaningful contribution as a professional, and have some impact on the world around me. Taking stock of the situation, I arrived at a very sad conclusion: ‘I’m a master of being in
meetings, writing plans and replying to emails in the meanwhile. That’s it! That’s all I do day in, day out. By the time I retire, my contribution to society
will have amounted to next to nothing.’
The time had come. I decided to quit email.
I made it my New Year’s resolution: ‘On January 1st, 2011, I will quit email. I will pull the plug on my inbox and from that point on use only online collaboration platforms.’
For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer is ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
Steve Jobs, founder and former Ceo of Apple
Sure, I was a little apprehensive at first. Would I miss out on things? Would those online collaboration platforms really do the trick? How would others react to my decision? But the overriding
feeling was actually excitement; I wanted to find out if it really could benefit me, my employers, and other organizations.Now I can finally say that quitting email has brought me even more than I had ever dared to imagine; a lot more than the mere relief of not having to open my inbox.
I could never have imagined that the way I collaborated would change so dramatically.
Not only was I now able to work much more efficiently using other tools but I also had real contact with my colleagues again.These are the experiences I want to share, which is why I have started the We Quit eMail movement; and meanwhile the first companies and individual members have joined.
In this book, I will share the personal experiences and best practices of myself and others for you to take advantage of.
Are you ready? Let’s go!
Kim Spinder, March 2014
Read more for free, buy the book We Quit eMail, watch Kim Spinder her Tedx Talk, or book her as a keynote speaker. Kim also presents In-company Innovation Programs transforming today’s workplace. Get in touch!