The Cost of Email Overload
Each week at work, you waste: (Not yet calculated)
Each year at work, you waste: (Not yet calculated)
Dollar value of your yearly wasted time: (Not yet calculated)
In terms that mean the most to you, you’re wasting:
How much time each day on average do you think you waste on email?
Be sure to include:
- Time spent scanning and reading email that turns out to be irrelevant.
- Time spent “multi-tasking” back and forth because each email shoves you into a different train of thought?
- Time spent just calming down and re-centering from the anxiety of having a huge inbox backlog.
hours and minutes of my time each day.
What is your yearly salary?
How many hours per week do you work?
If you’re on salary, the more you work, the less your actual hourly wage, and the cheaper it is to waste time. But if you want a life, you must handle your email in less time, so each wasted minute is much more valuable.
hours per week
What is most important for you? Choose the item you think in terms of, and give it a dollar value, for purposes of computing
Personally, I understand everything in terms of sushi dinners. If I’m wasting $2,500/year coping with email, that’s about 100 sushi dinners. Once it’s in those terms, I understand how truly destructive email is to my life.
Sushi dinner ($25)
Caribbean vacation ($1,200)
Day with your family ($1,000)