Email Junkies

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In my last blog I wrote about smartphone junkies. I’ve discovered another species recently: “Email junkies”. Let me explain.

Last week I got a phone call and the person at the other end asked me a question and when I said that I don’t know what he was talking about he then asked whether I hadn’t seen the email he had sent 20 minutes earlier.

I don’t know about you but I’m not sure whether I see value in spending my day starting at my email inbox. Sure I love hearing from people but then if it is really important they can reach me via text or give me a phone call right away.

In my team I typically give the advice to check email only once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Or check it three times a day if you must.

At all other times it probably is the best to close the email client completely. Then it won’t even show those small little pop-ups at the lower right corner of your screen, which are another popular distraction.

If you want to focus on more important things then make wise choice as to when and how often you check your email. It can be a big time saver.

Equally if you send me an email don’t feel offended if I don’t read it and respond to it within a few minutes!


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