An interesting thing happened to me the other day. My work email was down for 14 or more hours.
What made this interesting was that I was one of only a small handful (2 or 3 out of 200+) of my coworkers who were affected. Which means that life goes on, business as usual, while I am stuck in email-less limbo.
The experience taught me a couple things. First, when you sneakernet a file on a USB key you have interesting conversations along the way. Second, as a friend of mine told me that day, I may have an unhealthly relationship with my email.
I generally feel like I am "on top of it". I have a practice in place that helps me to keep my email in control but, what about in perspective? I am not there yet.
How much of my email is signal and how much is noise?
How was business done "BE", before email? Can we turn back the clock a little to a time where constantly hitting refresh (which I don't do) isn't expected? ... and don't get me started on iPhoneitus (guilty) and Crackberry syndromes.