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A World Without Email – Year 2, Weeks 29 (CBC’s Spark – A World Without Email)

Gran Canaria - Driving through the countrysideAnother week back at work, another week wondering where did August go this time around! I can’t believe we are just about to enter September! Goodness, I guess time flies when you are having fun, eh? hehe

Either way, it’s that time of the week, where, once again, I thought I would drop a couple of lines on last week’s weekly progress report from my project of living "A World Without Email", specially since this time around something really exciting has happened at the same time that this week I will be participating in an interesting and worth while sharing event, I would hope most of you folks would enjoy, even more so if you have been following this blog for a while now…

But, let’s get started first with that progress report from last week and share part of that excitement I just mentioned above:

A World Without Email - Year 2, Week 29

Yay! As you will be able to see, for the first time this year, and on week 29! I have been able to get a whopping number of 10 emails in a single week! Yes, 10 emails from last week, you are reading it right! Last year, the first time where I hit 10 or less emails in a single week was on week 46, with just 3 of them (During a vacation period, to be noted as well). And this year, as you may be able to see, I hit that mark of 10 or less on week 29! 17 weeks sooner! Whoahhh!

It’s amazing to be able to see, for the second year running, how, as time goes by, and I spend more and more time immersed in social software tools and educating my fellow knowledge workers on Thinking Outside the Inbox how I see a constant decrease in my incoming email count. I mean, if on week 29 I am already hitting 10 emails per week, I wonder what it would be like on week 50, for instance. And funny thing, today is Monday and things are keeping steady with what happened last week. So we shall see whether it will keep up this way for the remaining days … I hope so…

Oh, talking about "Thinking Outside the Inbox" and living "A World Without Email", here is the other interesting tidbit I wanted to share with you folks that you may be interested in. Through a good friend of mine, Tony Burns, (Former IBMer and an amazing forward thinker around the world of collaboration and knowledge sharing at a time where most of us weren’t even thinking about such topics! -Indeed, way way back in time to even think about Web 2.0!), I got contacted by Dan Misener (Through Twitter, of course!) who tweeted the following:

"Tony Burns turned me onto your World Without Email project yesterday. Interested in doing a radio interview for CBC Radio?"

Of course, I couldn’t reject such a kind offer to participate in a CBC Spark radio show and get interviewed by the always insightful Nora Young to talk about the project. And that’s why this coming Wednesday I will be carrying out such interview.  To say that I am really excited about such an opportunity is an understatement, because so much has happened since last time I talked publicly (Except for this blog) on this topic that I can’t wait to share some further insights on what’s happened since then.

As a teaser, Dan put together, earlier on today, a very thought-provoking blog post under the title "A World Without Email", in which he asks whether you could simply stop getting email in your workplace or not. I know that for plenty of folks out there the answer to that question is going to be a big and loud NO! And that’s what my challenge is going to be this coming Wednesday, where I will try my best in convincing people out there who may be listening to the interview on whether they can give up on corporate email, or not, just as much as I have been doing over the last 18 months going from 30 to 40 emails a day to 10 a week!

Intriguing, eh? Well, we shall see how that goes. For now, if you would want to ask a question for the episode itself, head over to that post that Dan put together and ask away. I shared over there earlier on another teaser that describes pretty much what I would want to cover with Nora. But, of course, more than happy to take your questions, specially if you think you will never be able to overcome such challenge of giving up on corporate email. Let’s see whether I can help. Perhaps I may be able to show you a way out, just as much as I have been helping others reduce somewhat of that email clutter by just doing a couple of simple things (Diversifying & Fragmenting)

Are you ready?

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