How much time do you think you spend reading and responding to emails? And Is email the most efficient way to spend your time?
Emails (or other communication platforms) are supposed to work for us. Instead, they control us and dictate urgency and importance. It is also addictive for many of us. In fact, studies show that 41% of adults crawl out of bed and check their e-mail before they brush their teeth in the morning. Moreover, one in four people believes it's unthinkable to go more than two or three days without a virtual fix.
The great news is that It can be resolved, and truly takes a little effort if you are willing to make a change.
Below are some practical strategies you can use to help you set boundaries:
- If email has become a junk pile, pause and clean your list. Unsubscribe from things that don’t add value.
- Before hitting send, make sure your email is essential and then clear, brief, and to the point.
- The next time you’re tempted to pop in and check your email (for example in the middle of your vacation, weekend...), consider the dark cloud of distraction that doing so will leave, and think about how it will affect your current work and your ability to stay present.
- Never make e-mail the first thing you do in the morning or the last thing you do at night
Today, I invite you to stand before your email, and take the reins and get back some of your invaluable time and priceless sanity. It will serve you and others by taking a strategic break and then writing with purpose and care.
I will leave you with this question: Imagine if you lived without email for one week. What would you be able to do all day?
Wishing you continued growth and success.