Sunday, June 10, 2012

If Loving Email Is Wrong, I Don't Wanna Be Right

Most of the time, email is everyone else’s agenda for our time.

It’s the digital fidget we sit around waiting to react to, the easiest way to preserve the illusion of productivity and the constant distraction that prevents us from executing what matters most.

Then again, I’ve received emails that changed my perspective forever, like the man who commented how my entire career came from something in a trashcan. I’ve gotten emails that sparked product ideas and turned into real money, like the feedback from readers who asked me to publish digital books. And I’ll never forget the emails that lifted me out of the paralysis of inconsequentiality, like the woman who finally got the nerve to quit her job after hearing an embarrassing story from one of my presentations.

Like most things in life, it all comes down to choice.

The point is, email doesn’t have to be a beast to tame, not if we don’t want it to. Instead of whining about how overwhelming our inbox is, the alternative is to guiltlessly delete the irrelevant, quickly respond to the important, thankfully read the inspiring, and quietly get on with our lives.