A World Without Email Reimagining Work in an Age of Communication Overload (2021)
A compelling work on the idea that email isn't making us more productive, but less. In the same vein as Deep Work and So Good They Can't Ignore You, Cal Newport proposes a premise about email that runs contradictory to what the prevailing understanding of this tool likely is. Suggesting that email hasn't delivered on the promise it brought with it as it came into existing—and that it hasn't aged well—Newport offers some thoughts on how to move away from work in our professional (and personal) lives in order to be productive in the things we are most skilled at.
Some of the author's proposals seem radical, and likely are depending on the organization and systems a person works within—and how much of their work processes are within their direct control. With that said, when consideration is given to the entire premise Newport is making, a person can begin to understand that it might be be a crazy premise but one rooted in sound logic. A highly recommended read especially for those who are in positions to change how their teams communicate on a daily basis.