I remember office environs before the advent of the computer. Before the instant answers and endless questions that came through the internet. When paperwork was still a bureaucratic pile of nonsense, but it was just that, a PILE. Quantifiable. Limitable. Eliminate-able.
Papers could be lost! They could be eaten by dogs! There was a certain amount of error with paper that did not come with that gut-wrenching hint of the un-fixable.
Since email came around, the stress has no outlet, and the work has no resolution. The satisfaction of reaching milestones seems an imaginary luxury. Emails pile up, and worse, they are transmitted via all sources – your phone, your tablet, your computer, your TV… your inbox looks like a mass of unsolved mysteries! Full of questions you can’t delete and projects you cannot SPARE to lose or mash into folders because… what if you can’t find them? Or worse, you forget them?
Email opened the world of accountable negligence. Fido can’t be responsible for disappearances anymore, and discovering those files that were missing is not as simple as a chewed up, slobbered-on piece of paper. The telltale crayon marks from a child jamming your last PO into his coloring book? Gone! The mystery of a lost email is just that – a mystery for which you are accountable, but maybe can never solve.
How could you ever reach inbox zero? How do you fix the problems you can’t predict? There’s no insurance against email loss, project disappearance, or the “accidental delete” of an email.
Or is there? What if you can fix the impossible?
I was dead tired of feeling like it is 2 minutes to midnight when I look at my email inbox. And it went beyond me – how could I prevent nuclear (office) warfare in project losses when managing my employees who sometimes “forget” or “lose” emails?
It’s easy. Document management. It solves your email. You will be able to delete them, and simply have them saved in a manner that helps you search by keyword, BEYOND the scope of your little integrated Google search bar or Yahoo feature.
Reaching Inbox Zero. It’s completely doable. And I promise, it will make you feel like David Price hitting a home run: