26th November, 2015

Every day, dozens of random (yet strangely compelling) messages hit my inbox. There was once a time, back when emails were still a bit of a novelty but not today, oh no! I can and do spend hours managing email. So when it comes to sending them and copying in the whole world, I now ask myself 'WWBGD?' before clicking send.

'WWBGD'? I hear you ask! Well, ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce you to the innovative personal email sending filter that is 'What would Bear Grylls do?'

Bear Grylls: rugged outdoorsy sort, more likely to be found trout tickling with his teeth, suspended over the edge of a waterfall by a rope made out of body hair than sending out a company-wide email about the state of the fridge in the communal kitchen. But that's just the point. Bear Grylls seems to be an incredibly practical and matter-of-fact individual. If there was a problem with the fridge, he'd probably do something about it himself (possibly collecting the mould that has grown on the sandwiches that have been abandoned in there since August and saving it for a nutritious mid-afternoon snack...). To be honest, I'm pretty sure Bear Grylls would only send an email if it was extremely important, possibly if there was an emergency - although, frustrated at having to communicate via the trappings of modern life, he may end up setting fire to his computer in order to send an 'S.O.S' using smoke signals. What I'm trying to say is that Bear Grylls is a Boy Scout, and as such isn't likely to forward inappropriate emails or waste people's time (including his own) with unnecessary email correspondence.

According to research carried out by McKinsey Global Institute, more than a quarter of the average worker's day is spent answering and reading emails. Further statistics cited by the Radicati Group state that the average corporate email user sends and receives over 100 emails a day, 19% of which are classed as spam. That's a whole lot of emails - but how many of them are really necessary? Just imagine the time you could save if you only had to read, or send, emails that were concise, relevant, and actually required!

If Bear Grylls isn’t your thing – try this lovely infographic from onlineItdegree. Top tips there, although I dispute kittens as we know they are good for health, attention span and well-being!

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