Respond to emails with as few words as possible. Aim for a sentence, but if just a word will do, use it. It will take practice, and some might dislike it. I argue that this is a fair trade for getting more time to work (and live) productively.
We all love the power of email connecting people across continents. But… we’re drowning in it. Every year it gets a little worse. To the point where we can get trapped spending most of our working week simply handling the contents of our in-boxes. And in doing so, we’re making the problem worse. Every reply, every cc, creates new work for our friends and colleagues. We need to figure out a better way.
In this user’s experience, BlackBerry and Gmail seem to get on well. Really well, in fact. Maybe even a little too well. Can I smell some kind of alliance? I know we’re still supposed to be all excited about iPhone right now, but it has me thinking.