Those who email Audie Chamberlain may get the impression that he’s on a permanent holiday. That’s because for two years an out-of-office reply directs anyone who emails Chamberlain to text him or email his business partner instead.
But he’s far from slacking. Behind the scenes, Chamberlain, chief executive of Lion & Orb, a public relations firm in Denver, Colorado in the US, has sworn off email. You read that correctly. Chamberlain doesn’t do email.
Instead, he uses text messages or phone calls to conduct the bulk of his communication—even for work. He carries two phones, so he can separate his social media accounts and photographs from another phone that he uses for texts and calls.
The result: He operates mostly laptop-free. “It’s so liberating,” he says. “I feel like it has freed up my time to think and have more meaningful conversations.” It’s also a benefit to his clients, because he’s instantly available to check and reply to texts or phone calls during most of his waking hours, he adds.
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