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A world without email : reimagining work in an age of communication overload

Author: Cal Newport
Publisher: [New York] : Portfolio / Penguin, [2021] ©2021
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Outlines recommendations for business leaders on how to maximize a working team's professional productivity by improving administrative support and streamlining digital traffic.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cal Newport
ISBN: 9780525536550 0525536558 9780241341414 0241341418 9780593332603 0593332601 9780525536574 0525536574
OCLC Number: 1238126722
Description: xxii, 296 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction : The hyperactive hive mind --
The case against email : Email reduces productivity --
Email makes us miserable --
Email has a mind of its own --
Principles for a world without email : The attention capital principle --
The process principle --
The protocol principle --
The specialization principle --
Conclusion : The twenty-first-century moonshot.
Other Titles: World without e-mail
Responsibility: Cal Newport.

Abstract:

Outlines recommendations for business leaders on how to maximize a working team's professional productivity by improving administrative support and streamlining digital traffic.

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.--

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Cal Newport has proved himself as the most essential writer around, yet again making a compelling case for us to renegotiate our relationship with technology -- Bruce Daisley, author of Sunday Times Read more...

 
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