Like countless business folks, IBM's Luis Suarez was tired of his overstuffed inbox and the hours it demanded every day. So he took some drastic measures: He stopped using e-mail. Not entirely, and not cold-turkey, but enough to make e-mail overload a thing of the past. Here's how he did it, as summarized by Web Worker Daily:
- Answer questions via blog postings or wiki pages, rather than email, so that future contacts with the same question can find the answer without asking you.
- Use instant messages for short answers; switch to phone if a conversation lasts more than three minutes.
- Use a feed reader instead of email to track relevant content; this gives you more control of what you receive and when.
- Encourage your contacts to follow your lead, so they cut down on the overall email glut too.
We've posted about mastering e-mail overload in the past, but mostly the focus has been on efficient organization of your inbox, not reducing the actual flow of e-mail. Would Suarez's methods work for you?