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From the best-selling author of Digital Minimalism and Deep Work comes a radical vision of a world without email - a world with increased creativity, productivity, collaboration and calm.

You start the day checking your inbox, spend hours fruitlessly triaging the onslaught of requests and information, then when 5:30 p.m. rolls around you realise with crushing stress that you haven't even got to the most important items on your to-do list yet. Sound familiar?

Constant communication has become part of the way we work and we check our bursting inboxes on average every 5.4 minutes. But at what expense?

In A World Without Email, Cal Newport argues that this steady flow of distractions disrupts us from achieving any meaningful work, causes us undue stress and is costing businesses millions in the form of untapped potential. Newport shows us how to completely reimagine and redesign workflow and processes without the constant pings of emails distracting us.

Drawing on a fascinating array of case studies of thriving email-free companies and offering clear, practical solutions you can implement today, this radical book shows us how dramatically reducing email will liberate people to do their most profound, fulfilling and creative work - and much more of it, too.

©2021 Cal Newport (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Cut to the chase Cal!

Struggling through an audio book about the tyranny of email and being led through first three chapters on the (not riveting) history of email. Cal has done his research for sure but we don't need three chapters defining the problem in detail. We wouldn't have bought the book of we were not well versed! Hoping it gets better from here.

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Changing the way you view Email!

A great read to analyse the email phenomenon and how it will evolve in the future and how’s its hindering us in the present. Highly recommend. Some great practical solutions and ideas for consideration.

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Illuminating and full with easy to implementable strategies and tactics

Well produced and great content. The writer starts by highlighting all the problems with today’s overload of workplace communication and then offers a glimpse of light in the tunnel.

Great read for anyone who want to find a way for knowledge workers to reclaim their effectiveness and sanity.

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Too long and action starts too late

As much as I loved "Deep work", disappointed with this one. First few hours of 20 century or even 19 century studies, to prove the point that email is enemy.

When actionable advice finally begins, apparently it's focused on the software organizations and the main tip is around just one system which is trivial to figure out and already is widely spread.

It should have been a Medium article or a Twitter thread, not a full book.