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In the context of managing time, do you consider email as a friend or a foe? The amount of time executives use to deal with email is increasing by the minute, as it were. The Daily Telegraph reported a study done by the Radicati Group which threw up some amazing figures. Worldwide email traffic, they say, has reached 196 billion messages a day and is predicted to reach 374 billion messages per day in 2011- which is not very far off.

The researchers found that today’s average employee spends anything from 90 to 120 minutes per day wading through hundreds of messages- many of which are not worth seeing at all.

If used effectively, the email can be a tremendous time saver. If used ineffectively, it can take up disproportionately large chunks of your time. Ultimately, it is your skills that determine whether email is your friend – or foe.

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This is Post No: 179 of the “A Step A Day” series : To provide perspective and provoke thought to facilitate self-development across a wide spectrum of issues- big and small- crucial for executive success