Test, eMail Overload

E-mail overload is not having too much e-mail; it is the resentment that comes from the culture of urgency and the misuse of e-mail as a communication tool.

The following statements are a subset of our Overload Gauge™. They seek to gauge your present thoughts and/or feelings about some of the key causes of e-mail overload.

Please note: Your answers to this survey are yours alone. We do not collect them or read them. They are a simple diagnostic tool that we hope you find helpful.

To what extent do you agree with the following statements?

I Totally
Agree <<<>>> Disagree

I resent the excessive e-mail I receive. 5 4 3 2 1
I spend too much time processing e-mail. 5 4 3 2 1
By end of day, my e-mail in box usually has more than 10 items 5 4 3 2 1
I am often copied on more e-mail than I need to see. 5 4 3 2 1
I hate to file. It would take me more than 30 seconds to find an important document filed in my e-mail. 5 4 3 2 1
E-mail fuels our destructive culture or urgency and unrealistic expectations 5 4 3 2 1
I do not have a personal e-mail policy that supports my business roles 5 4 3 2 1
Filing my e-mail is a real pain. 5 4 3 2 1
I am often rushed while doing my e-mail. 5 4 3 2 1
I feel guilty if I do not respond to my e-mail 5 4 3 2 1
See Assessment Below Total Score:



If your total score is:

  • 10 – 14 = Low Overload
    Congratulations! You are doing fine. You have learned to control the overload problem. Be a mentor to someone who needs your help. It will do you good.
  • 15 – 20= Managed Overload
    You are doing well. Watch for e-mail overload traps. Remember bad habits are contagious.
  • 20 – 34= Danger Zone
    You are overloaded. Learn to prioritize and filter your e-mail wisely. Batch process your e-mail and use filtering tools that may available as part of your e-mail software.
  • 35 – 50= Highly Overloaded
    Things may be out of control. You need immediate changes. Redefine your e-mail handling protocol and habits.  Seek help as soon as you can.


If your score is more than 20 you fall in the danger or the highly overloaded zone. To help you we are glad to we offer you a complimentary Effectiveness and Overload Gauge™. At the end of your survey input the system will e-mail you a confidential personalized assessment report with comparative benchmark data and helpful tips. Click here to go to your gauge.

“I thank integrity+ for helping me overcome the fact and feeling of being overloaded. Personally, I have grained at least an hour a day which I now put to more profitable use. By using a better filtering system, I am more accessible and available to the people important in achieving organizational and personal goals.”

Jaywant Michael, University Professor, Quart UAE
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