I sometimes wonder why it appears that I get so little done. Then, I started noticing the frequency and duration of my email correspondence and the mystery is solved.
Most days I receive return in excess of 50 emails and some days as many as 100. No wonder my brain gets so tired. It is as if I am doing nothing but email correspandance. Many days this can keep me from substantive work.
I have always pushed clients and other attorneys to use email in lieu of constant phone calls, but any more it is as if others view this as a way to not only get a response but to get it immediately
Just last week I notice people send emails more than once in a 4 hour period because I had not responded. Have we gotten to the point where emails are considered instant communication? I ask you is this necessary? I have multiple clients all of which I strive to give the same level of service. If all of them are repetitively emailing me how can I practice law? The more they email me the less time I have to spend on whatever it is they are emailing me about. This is a vicious cycle.
I am struggling with a way to break this cycle. Perhaps my deligence at reviewing and responding in a timely fashion is part of the issue. I am thinking of instituting a new rule. I am going to start picking up the phone or walking to soemone’s office if my email exchanges result in back and forth between myself and the other person. I am also going to wait until the following day until I respond to any email received after 4 pm. It remains to be seen if this will help. I am sure there will be more blog entries about this.