And why this has helped me be so productive.
We’ve tested Slack for group chat, it just gets too much with the notifications. And given that we like asynchronous communication for a more saner life, I decided to test out things.
It’s easy to say you quit social media, but what would you call WhatsApp or YouTube or Slack? When you get something in Slack, you click it and that could lead you down the rabbit hole, with the temptation to share this (we’re humans, we want to share… yeah right!!)
By moving conversations to email, while I leave out the open discoverability — I am forcing something else, context, threads, focus, and meaningful conversations. (There’s no surprise, today there are over 140 billion emails sent every damn day! So email is the killer app!)
I noticed that the act of adding a subject line, makes you categorize the context of the discussion, makes you focus on one topic and make it easily discoverable, though not open — i.e. everything is in your email and recipients. So what if you want to make sure that other people benefit from the knowledge being shared? Well, there’s this thing called — project management or folder sharing (get one with commenting ability).
In slack, while there are threads, it just becomes difficult to find anything, and if I do need to find something from years back, well, pay up! Email, I have a copy of things.
As with everything, this is also an experiment. But I’m finding the results better for productivity.
(Why am I publishing this on Medium as against Wordpress? Well, I think WordPress has lost the plot, it has converted its content editor, into a block editor. With more focus on layout, than content. Don’t we have Elementor and Thrive Architect for that? Why oh why Worpress?)