In his new book, A World Without Email, author Cal Newport argues that the technological advances that have made it possible for us to communicate with each other anytime, anywhere have also created an age of communication overload. He makes a compelling case for why we would all be better off if email were eliminated as a means of communication. Newport bases his argument on the premise that our use of email has become so habitual and automatic that we no longer take the time to think about how best to use this powerful tool. We fire off emails without giving much thought to their content or purpose, and we often expect instant responses even when those responses may not be necessary or appropriate. This type of careless messaging can lead to misunderstandings and conflict, both at work and in our personal relationships. In A World Without Email, Newport provides strategies for reclaiming control over our electronic communications and teaches readers how to use email more effectively by thinking before sending messages and crafting them with greater care and precision. By doing so, he shows us how it is possible not only to reduce stress but also to improve productivity levels in today’s always-on world.
For who is this book for ?
This book is for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the amount of email they receive and wants to find better ways to manage their communication. It provides strategies for reclaiming control over our electronic communications and teaches readers how to use email more effectively.
- The book offers strategies for reclaiming control over our electronic communications.
- It teaches readers how to use email more effectively by thinking before sending messages and crafting them with greater care and precision.
- The book can help reduce stress levels in today’s always-on world.
- The book may be TOO idealistic
- It could lead to more miscommunication if people don’t use email the RIGHT way
- The idea of a world without email might make some people feel anxious or uneasy
Learn more about the author
Cal Newport is an assistant professor of computer science at Georgetown University and the author of three books, including So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love. He blogs about productivity and writing at calnewport.com.
“A World Without Email is an insightful, eye-opening book that will change the way you use email – and possibly communication in general. Newport offers a refreshing perspective on one of the most commonly used forms if communication, and his tips are invaluable for anyone struggling to keep up with today’s fast paced world.”
“A World Without Email is a refreshing, eye-opening read! Cal Newport makes a convincing case for reigning in our use of email and offers practical steps to help us do so. I especially appreciated the focus on thoughtful communication – something that is all too often lacking in today’s digital age.”
“A World Without Email is a well-written, persuasive argument for why we should all cut back on our use of email. Newport makes a strong case that by taking the time to craft better messages, we can actually save ourselves time and stress.”
“This book is a breath of fresh air! Newport provides clear and concise solutions to the email overload epidemic. If you work in today’s constantly-connected world, you need to read this book!”