A World Without Email: Reimagining Work in an Age of Communication Overload

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From New York Times bestselling author Cal Newport comes a bold vision for liberating workers from the tyranny of the inbox--and unleashing a new era of productivity.

Modern knowledge workers communicate constantly. Their days are defined by a relentless barrage of incoming messages and back-and-forth digital conversations--a state of constant, anxious chatter in which nobody can disconnect, and so nobody has the cognitive bandwidth to perform substantive work. There was a time when tools like email felt cutting edge, but a thorough review of current evidence reveals that the hyperactive hive mind workflow they helped create has become a productivity disaster, reducing profitability and perhaps even slowing overall economic growth. Equally worrisome, it makes us miserable. Humans are simply not wired for constant digital communication.

We have become so used to an inbox-driven workday that it's hard to imagine alternatives. But they do exist. Drawing on years of investigative reporting, author and computer science professor Cal Newport makes the case that our current approach to work is broken, then lays out a series of principles and concrete instructions for fixing it. In A World without Email, he argues for a workplace in which clear processes--not haphazard messaging--define how tasks are identified, assigned and reviewed. Each person works on fewer things (but does them better), and aggressive investment in support reduces the ever-increasing burden of administrative tasks. Above all else, important communication is streamlined, and inboxes and chat channels are no longer central to how work unfolds.

The knowledge sector's evolution beyond the hyperactive hive mind is inevitable. The question is not whether a world without email is coming (it is), but whether you'll be ahead of this trend. If you're a CEO seeking a competitive edge, an entrepreneur convinced your productivity could be higher, or an employee exhausted by your inbox, A World Without Email will convince you that the time has come for bold changes, and will walk you through exactly how to make them happen.

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Title:A World Without Email: Reimagining Work in an Age of Communication Overload
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  • Sebastian Gebski

    Annoyingly chaotic, imprecise, mixes many different concepts w/o getting down deep enough.1. It's not a book about e-mail, but something the author calls "hyperactive hive mind", which in short is jus...

  • Nicholas Kotar

    Cal keeps hitting home runs (the obligatory baseball reference if for you fellow podcast listeners out there). This one might be better than deep work. If you really want to get the most out of this ,...

  • H.b. Charles

    Don’t let the title throw you off. This is a good and practical book about how those who do thought work can set up effective workflow systems to maximize the use of time and productivity of work. ...

  • Jacob Tjornholm

    I was surprised to enjoy this book so much, because I actually like email a lot. Certainly, I much prefer it to instant messaging or text messages.The thing is, the title of this book is really mislea...

  • Milan

    In “A World Without Email,” Cal Newport provides a fascinating history of email and how it changed the way organizations worked. He calls the corporate environment as a "hyperactive hive mind" whi...

  • Olivia Law

    recommended by my CTO at work - super interesting read!...

  • Poor Bjorn - Books & Experiments

    What if time blocks, email free Thursday’s, and turning off notifications is not enough?  What if we need to totally reimagine how we work to reclaim our productivity?.This is the question that Cal...

  • Samuel

    I’ve heard it said by a couple of people: “Cal writes it, I read it.” I’m certainly in that camp as well, and this book certainly delivered. Much of this book is geared more towards those who ...

  • Abdulla Al-Mohannadi

    An approachable book on the case against synchronous email usage in the workplace and its everlasting negative impacts on people and organisations they work for. Newport goes a long way in providing e...

  • Kristen

    4.5 stars. A LOT of food for thought here and I loved all of his higher Ed examples. The thing is- I buy his premise. Email is inefficient and leads to communication overload. This has been made so ac...