Everyone wants to work faster, smarter and to be more productive.
The question is, what would you do with an extra 13 hours per week?
According to a report by McKinsey and Company, that’s how long the average worker spends emailing.
From its lowly beginnings at MIT University, to being at the top of the communication pecking order in offices around the globe. You’ll be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t use email at work.
For the last 20 years, email has been widespread, pervasive, at times useless, and manages to be simultaneously productive and unproductive, amongst myriad other adjectives which appropriately describe email.
“Everybody I have ever spoken to in my life has a different issue with email.” Says Bell as part of a wider interview, who discusses revolutionizing productivity and the future of email.
What’s most baffling to consider however, is the proportion of our working lives we spend subservient to email, that seemingly never-ending voyage to inbox zero.
Unfortunately, reaching the hallowed inbox zero is usually fleeting.
Our ubiquitous connectivity and large data packages have left us nowhere to hide. You can thank the widespread adoption of smartphones for that one. Cheers Steve.
“Email really is how the world works.” Says Bell “There are 5 billion email accounts, 180 billion emails sent every single day. And yet if you speak to the newest generation, you’ll see that they are all using messenger.”
With such a disparity in the communication method of choice between generation X, Y and now millennials-the future of email and how it can be improved is certainly something that needs addressing.
When asked, Bell answered simply that it’s not a problem for the startup domain to be considering. The future of email is bigger than that.
After all, 13 hours a week is a hell of a lot of time. It’s time spent that could be doing more productive things, like say, actually working?
“The disruption with mail as a messaging format, and because it has been around for such a long time means that it is going to be architected by a much bigger company than a startup. It’s the kind of problem that the Apple’s, The Google’s and the Samsung’s will solve.”