A World Without Email

While I’m happy to have read Cal Newport’s major books and will probably end up reading Digital Minimalism again, I was less enthused by A World Without Email. Compared to the two prior, this one was less driven by personal ethos and outlook, instead taking more of a handbook style approach to implementing the ideals of the formers. Given that I already use email somewhat infrequently and work for a business that is fully async and not email-driven, I didn’t find quite as much value out of this book. Where Digital Minimalism and Deep Work both seek to convince you of a new idea, this read is a bit more “okay now let’s implement it” if you already believe those ideas. Similarly to It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work, this is probably also best read by those at higher leadership roles within an organization.