Death By a Thousand Emails


Have you heard of the expression “death by a thousand paper cuts”? I’ve just recently heard it. Frankly, I don’t know if its a movie or just a saying. It doesn’t really matter as it makes it’s point – bleeding to death from thousands of supposedly insignificant paper cuts.

That’s how I feel about email. It seems so harmless – so inconsequential – yet it can kill the most productive day in no time.

Each morning as I contemplate my day, I consider tackling more significant, profound projects before opening the gates of hell – email. Yet somewhere in my mind, there’s a sense that I can launch my email program, speedily respond and delete, and be done.

It never quite works that way.

Once the email program rears its ugly head, its never ending. The requests, the ads, the information, and the stories keep coming at me until my once hopeful and productive day dies – death by a thousand emails – and its only 6:35 AM. <Sigh>

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Brooke Billingsley

Vice President
Perception Strategies

Synnovatia is a strategic coaching firm that is detailed and knowledgeable about business. i have a small business that grew from $150K to $750K because of the goal setting and resources that Synnovatia provided. It saves me years of learning on my own.

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