Why was email invented?
MVP: Email is broken.
Email, as a system, is broken. It does not work as intended.
One of the big problems is that email has come to embody urgent leadership.
Email feels important and urgent, but it is rarely urgent and frequently unimportant.
I asked ChatGPT what the purpose of email was and what jumped out was that it was designed to improve written communications like letters and faxes. The entire ChatGPT response is at the end of this email.
And yet, despite knowing better, I check my email multiple times per day.
Honestly, I don’t know:
Like the parking meter example from Monday, email is a solution which has brought its own set of problems.
Today’s intention: Tally how many times you check your email. Track the number of emails that are urgent and important AND which required a written response instead of a conversation.
According to ChatGPT… Email was invented to provide a convenient and efficient way to exchange messages and information electronically over the internet. The specific reasons for its invention include:
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