Pro­duc­tiv­ity has long been an ob­ses­sion for both great men and those seek­ing great­ness.

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“Email is the cock­roach of the in­ter­net... there’s all this formality that comes with it.” STE­WART BUTTERFI ELD, SLACK CO-FOUNDER

Ben­jamin Franklin fa­mously kept a diary of his ev­ery wak­ing hour, block­ing out time for tasks mean­ing­ful and me­nial, like putting loose ob­jects away. But as ad­mirable as the minute-byminute sched­ule might seem, we can only imag­ine what Franklin’s to-do list would have looked like if he also had to con­tend with dis­trac­tions as po­tent as In­sta­gram DMS, Linkedin re­quests and pa­per­less bills. Yes, we’re liv­ing in in­box-de­pen­dent times. An era dom­i­nated by noise, in­ef­fi­ciency and, more than any­thing else, the bas­tard con­ta­gion that is in­for­ma­tion over­load. But one com­pany says we don’t need to be: Slack. Five years af­ter its launch, eight mil­lion daily users seem to agree – as does Ama­zon, which was re­port­edly eye­ing the com­pany with a $12bn of­fer. Slack is an of­fice chat app that prom­ises to wean us all off time­wast­ing, pro­duc­tiv­ity-suck­ing habits, and get teams back to what they do best: col­lab­o­rat­ing. And the proof seems to be in the pud­ding. Cal Hen­der­son, the com­pany’s co-founder and chief tech­nol­ogy of­fi­cer, is still yet to email a sin­gle one of his co-work­ers. Hen­der­son and his ilk rep­re­sent a new, de­ter­mined wave of pro­duc­tiv­ity max­i­mal­ists, whose philoso­phies favour life bal­ance over mid­night emails and mean­ing­ful col­lab­o­ra­tion over jeal­ously guarded projects. The ques­tion is, what does five years with­out in­tra-of­fice email teach you about get­ting things done? Plenty.`

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