Wow, we’re busy. Work is hard and there’s a lot going on. We’re doing our best of course (go us!). Sometimes it’s overwhelming. It’s nice to feel like we’re being productive - you know that feeling when you blast out a few emails. It feels good right? Here’s the thing - most of the time email lacks emotion, tact, context, nuance….
And most of all - speed.
It’s actually much much slower to get things done via email. Sure it took five minutes to write it up and send it out… but now there’s a chain. People respond and disagree, agree with changes, multiple side conversations start up, incorrect interpretations are made, etc.
By the time you get everyone together in person to clarify the whole thing is a mess. Not to mention the team is all up-in-arms - so you’ve got to clarify, reiterate etc. It’s the clean-up that no one talks about.
After all that, you can get back on track.
I think it’s actually faster to walk, and talk. Have a discussion - get people excited, set context build relationships, get true clarity, develop a team dynamic, save time, get exercise (yea I said that).
When you spend less time writing ineffective emails, you’ll have all the time in the world to do more of what matters.