Email is one of the great communication inventions of this era, but it has taken control of some people’s lives. Rather than managing their time, they manage their email and wonder why they didn’t get anything done today. So I was happy to see an acquaintance of mine taking charge of his email. He’s a doctoral student with 6 weeks to go on his dissertation, so you can agree that he’s super busy right now. When I sent him an email (congratulating him for landing an assistant professorship at a great school in the Fall), I received this auto response:
In an effort to actually get work done I’m testing a new email policy. I’m checking and responding to email only twice a day 11am and 4pm (PST).
If you need a response before one of these two times for anything urgent, please call me on my cell phone.
Thanks for understanding this move to greater effectiveness and efficiency