Skip to main content

Inspiration Wednesday

E-mail Addiction: A Real Problem

E-mail is a valuable work tool, but also an addiction risk. E-mail addiction, to which IT workers and home-office based business owners are especially vulnerable since their workdays center around technology, can become a serious detriment to one's workplace productivity and personal life.

I know I am guilty of e-mail addiction even more now that I have an iPhone and can receive messages when I’m away from the office!

Warning Signs of Addiction:

Checking e-mail every 15 minutes or less.

Going through e-mail religiously when not at work.

Interrupting in-person activities on a regular basis to look at and respond to e-mail.

Interrupting non-professional life, such as sleep, family time, etc., to check e-mail.

Needing to respond to an e-mail immediately.

Feeling compelled to look at every e-mail.

If you fit the e-mail addiction profile, here are some steps to help regain your control over e-mail.

Adjust your e-mail client to check e-mail every couple of hours.

If you feel driven to check office e-mail from home, make a commitment not to look at it after a certain hour. Your family will thank you.

If possible, decide on certain times of the day to deal with e-mail and commit to that schedule. Such as first thing in the morning, before you go to lunch, and as you are wrapping up your day. You may be surprised how much time opens up in your day.

Remember that there is no such thing as an "emergency e-mail." If it's a true emergency, the method of communication should be a phone call, maybe a text message, but certainly not an e-mail.

What do you do to keep your e-mail addiction under control?

Comments

I turned off all my email notifications. This way, I only check email when I sit down to to it...

LESS TEMPTING!!!
Anne said…
Meg,
I admire your restraint and aspire to be more like you!

Popular posts from this blog

The A-List Way to Organize Photos (photo courtesy of unsplash.com)
Summer months are filled with special events such as graduations, weddings, and vacations.  That means lots of photos!  Nowadays, we capture these moments digitally.  But, for many of us, we have decades of printed photos waiting to be organized and preserved.  I have heard clients say they want to organize their printed photos but the task seems so overwhelming they just can't imagine where or how to begin.  I approach all organizing projects with my 5-steps to organizing® process.  Follow along as I take you through those steps to organize your printed photos.

Step 1: Strategize - How to Begin
What are your goals? Why do you want to organize your photos?Do you want to create memory books for your children?Do you want to relive a special trip or event?Do you want to know what you have?How do you want to keep your photos? Do you want to keep them in safe archival boxes?Do you want to scan them?Do you want to create memo…

Permission is the Key

Recently I was asked, "When did you find your voice and how do you help your clients find their voice?"  What powerful questions!  I thought about how to answer those two questions for weeks.  Tomorrow is the anniversary of the day Vera Katz, former Mayor of Portland declared June 14th John Mosser Day. John was my father.  I know the answer to both questions.

I found my voice on August 21, 1996.  My father was in a coma and dying.  I couldn't stand to hear his labored breathing.  I leaned over him and said, "Dad it is okay to let go, forget the car keys* and leave.  We'll be okay."  He opened his eyes, looked into mine, and breathed his last breaths.  It was my voice, my permission, that released him.

*Every morning my father would leave the house, walk to his car, get in his car, get out of his car, and walk back to the house for his keys.  Sometimes it was multiple trips back and forth between the car and the house for his hat, briefcase, coat, but always f…

5 Ways to Get Organized for Tax Season - We Make It Easy!

It happens every year, whether we want it to or not, tax time.  Nearly every day I receive something by email or snail mail reminding me, tax time is coming.

Are you dreading the task of gathering up receipts to prepare your tax filing?  Don't know what to do with your financial records? Do you have stacks of unopened bills? Do you stress out at tax time trying to find all your required documents? And, are you lacking a system for managing all this mess?
Here are a few solutions for you: Track your non-cash donations with ItsDeductible by Intuit. IRS approved.Scan your receipts with the GeniusScan App and attach the pdf to your Quicken or Quickbooks entry for easy retrieval should you be audited.Not sure whether to scan, shred or store that piece of paper? This quick infographic can help.Are you a geeky nerd like me and want to be on top of the tax rules? Then J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2018 is right up your alley.Hire a professional organizer to help you organize your pape…