August 19, 2017 | Jesse Rowe
There’s something itching at the mass of U.S. business people and no, it’s not the two to three cups of joe we’re all up to drinking daily. What is it then you ask? Email. (Alright, it’s also probably the caffeine but that’s for another day).
In a recent interactive calculator posted by Washington Post one can visualize the estimated time they are going to waste throughout their work life on just checking and answering emails.
Since most of us at Ahoy.Ai are around the same demographic the calculator uses we decided to look at it together and come up with a couple things we could’ve done in our lives without the distractions of email.
For the calculator purposes: we went with starting work at age 20, retiring at 60 (we’re very hopeful) and finally, being modest, in saying that we interrupt what we’re doing in the day about 3 times to check our emails.
Hours we'll spend reading and writing work emails in your lifetime: 41,000
Hours we’ll spend distracted by email interruptions: 11,500.0
As you can see these numbers are gigantic. So for purposes of making this a little simpler, we only focused on the 19,000 hours we lose in our lifetime distracted by email interruptions.
Now, Ahoy.AI presents to you our list of 5 things we could’ve accomplished in our lives without the distractions of email.
1. We could’ve walked from one border of the United States to the other and then almost back again. If we tried running it at the world record pace, we could hit both borders almost 5 times each! Good luck with that though!
2. We could learn just about all 5 of the hardest languages to learn for native English speakers (Arabic, Cantonese, Japanese, Mandarin, Korean).
3.We could become somewhat proficient at a handful of different instruments. (Not just Wonderwall!)
4. We could watch the world’s longest movie, aptly titled, The Longest Most Meaningless Movie in the World over 230 times.
5. Actually, according to Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hour theory, we could learn and even master almost anything we wanted to set our mind to. Take that email!
Eliminate the entire process of scheduling your meetings by CC’ing email@example.com