I receive too many emails in a day.
I did a one year data analytics experiment, and what I found was shocking.
I peruse 20% of the emails I get, I skim through 40% of them, and I mark 40% as read without opening.
Out of the 20% I peruse, I act on only 10% of them.
In effect, only 10% of all emails require my direct input, 50% are for my info, and 40% are literally spam.
The above data is after politely excluding myself from many email broadcasts. It could have been worse.
I wonder what life would be like if I only got the 10%. I had always felt the 90% serve a purpose, because once in a while they provide something of value in my responses to the 10%.
In reality, it is a productivity hack to keep weeding until you get to the 10% that matters. It is a productivity hack to get emails that need your action, and not emails where you’re only in copy as an ego boost to the sender, or as a habit of how it has always been.
It is going to be a long journey. Luckily, I love long rides.
– Osasu Oviawe