We’ve made a bold move at InkHouse. We’re cutting back on email. We’re encouraging our employees not to respond to email messages outside the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. (thanks to the folks at Edelman for the idea). We think it will increase our productivity, our creativity, and our overall happiness.
I blame email for a lot. Kelly McFalls, one of my colleagues, calls it the “nasty nibbler,” eating away at our days piece by small piece. I, for one, have never had a good idea while staring at my email. I’ve also never felt good about an interaction with a person who’s checking email as he or she sits across from me at dinner (although 38 percent of us do it), or across my desk at work for that matter.