Poll: Email Loads at Work
Gary Lawrence Murphy
23 Apr 2002 01:36:58 -0400
>>>>> "L" == Luis Villa <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
L> On Mon, 2002-04-22 at 23:07, Kelley wrote:
>> I'm curious about what emails loads people are dealing with on
>> a daily basis. I'm interested in work related email, not spam,
>> not lists, not goofing off with your buds at work. Either
>> estimates of current situations or former employments
>> situations is fine. if you can estimate how big the company
>> was/is that would be great, but not necessary.
L> I'm an extreme edge case but my folder for 'today's mail'
L> contains 920 pieces of mail, which is not atypical for me; I've
L> averaged a shade under 450 a day since mid-January.
My counts are about the same ... normally it's just this steady
trickle so I don't know the actual counts without consulting the logs;
I only notice the total numbers if I am away for a day or if my ISP is
down for any length of time.
to be fair, that's my grand total of all messages except high-volume
mailing lists (like Mandrake Cooker) which I siphon off with procmail.
To be honest, not all 450 are work related, but sadly most are :( and
I am not required to _read_ all 450, but I do need to scan the
subject/from lines for vital messages. For example, much of the
work/client related emails can be communications between other team
members where I need not read the message, but I have to check the
message headers to know this.
Managing email volume is intimately connected to the software you use.
If you have badly designed email software, you are up a certain creek
with no paddle. I have the deepest sympathy for those chained to
Outlook, Evolution or KMail.
Since I use GNUS, my email is tidily threaded and pre-categorized into
dozens of folders, and individual authors and subjects weighted by
scorefiles, further aiding a rapid zeroing in on what is relevent and
what is likely low (or zero) priority. On the other hand, because I
use GNUS, there is no operational difference between email and
newsgroups, and I have at least 1000 subject-line scans of news
articles that are part of my daily routine.
a guestimate break down would be roughly as
client communications: 5%
project relevent mailing lists: 45%
other work-related (inc ml's): 30%
professional assoc (I inc fork): 10%
hobby ml's (music, art, astro): 3%
personal communications: 2% :(
I miss about half a dozen important emails a year (at least, that's
all that I _know_ I've missed ;) and I have a policy of responding
with at least a "I can't respond right now" within two days; if I
don't, the sand slips through my fingers and all the universe is lost.
Gary Lawrence Murphy <email@example.com> TeleDynamics Communications Inc
Business Innovations Through Open Source Systems: http://www.teledyn.com
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