Is your Inbox your job?

February 1, 2009

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Source: Seth Godin, author

Technology has allowed us to set up systems that create a constant queue of to-do items.  Many of us use our email inboxes as a to-do list.  Technology is great at oversimplify these things so we can quickly take action on something.  However, it’s our responsibility to ensure we don’t succumb to the trap of viewing our job as simply responding to items in this queue. It takes serious effort and awareness to not fall into this trap.

You’re being paid for your creativity, ingenuity, solutions to problems, ideas about growth, management of people, etc. — not for your ability to just attend to a queue. The email culture we  live in requires us to  be conscious of this phenomenon, or risk succumbing to it.