… companies are increasingly realizing that employees need to be disconnected from time to time and that “giving workers time to chill helps ultimate long-term productivity.”

Productivity…. and creativity, I would argue.

If you need to make sure there’s nothing urgent, then quickly look at your e-mail but don’t get bogged down in all the nonemergency stuff. And if you’re like most people, there will rarely be anything you need to respond to immediately.

A colleague once recommended that you really only have two emails in your in-box: one that you can file to “follow-up” when you have more time or one that you can respond to quickly (or urgently). Everything else can be ignored. It’s been a huge time saver.

I agree with Khoi. Email isn’t perfect but it works better than any other medium. I placed a note on Facebook not to message me there. FB messaging a huge step backwards. And frankly, Gmail makes email just that much better. 

Khoi’s post reminds me of a statement a colleague said the other day… @huang_apiaries said (paraphrasing here) he was looking forward to the day when FB messaging, Twitter DMs and other “messaging intermediaries” just simply consolidate and call it email.

“The future of messaging is more real time, more conversational and more casual,” said Andrew Bosworth, director of engineering at Facebook, where he oversees communications tools.

I think this whole paradigm of feeling connected but not connecting is going to be a huge issue in the future.

I have found myself messaging my nieces and nephews on Facebook rather than email cause I sense they’ll actually read it there.

Unified Inbox and Multiple Exchange Accounts

The upcoming iPhone OS 4.0 is gonna have several new productivity improvements including a unified inbox. Having been off, on paternity leave, the last three weeks, I have to say that it was a pleasure not having to check work email on my iPhone. Insomuch that I removed my work email from my iPhone. Not sure how long it can last, but it was comforting to know that the red numeric indicator on my iPhone were only for personal emails. Instead of an unified inbox, I wish I can actually select individual accounts as either push or pull emails.