Email – the scourge of modern life?

In my job, I know that I spend a lot of time in front of my computer reading and writing emails. But some tidying up of my Inbox today led me to some interesting observations

Last year, I wrote 8,405 emails. That’s an awful lot - if I only worked 250 days a year, that’s 34 a day (gosh, when do I get any work done?).

I wondered what they were all about, so I tested some words, to see how many emails I’d used them in. And then tested the antonyms (well, ‘teaching’ and ‘learning’ aren’t antonyms, by you may see what I’m getting at).

Word Frequency Frequency Word
Learning 1,845 565 Teaching
Interesting 319 14 Boring
Office 2832 910 Home
Blog 1661 869 Talk
IT 5,431 70 Human
Sorry 829 673 Problem

So what does that tell you about my life?

  • ‘Learning’ is 4x more important than ‘Teaching’?

  • One in five of my emails are about learning.

  • Life is 22x more ‘interesting’, than ‘boring’?

  • ‘Office’ is 3x more important than ‘home’?

  • ‘Blogging’ is twice as frequent as ‘talking’?

And finally, what does it say about me, when I say “Sorry” in 1 in 10 of my emails.

What does your “Sent Items” say about you? It’s easy to find out – use the Outlook “Search Bar”


And it pops the answer in the bottom left hand corner of the window   SearchSentItems1

Comments (1)

  1. Rod Trent says:

    I was thinking about the amount of time I spend in email recently, too.  What struck me as funny is that I constantly promise to start reading more (books), yet I realized that I probably read hundreds of books a year, just that it’s all in email form.

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