Are you stressed, on overload, working late and thinking this is not what you bargained for?
Your email is killing you – or at least the joy in your job.
Let’s talk about the email alert first. I’m talking about that little pop up in the corner that tells you there’s a new message.
It should have horns and a pronged fork.
We get the highest job satisfaction when we are in the “state of flow”. Research says that flow is characterized by complete absorption in what you are doing.
When you are in flow you are fully focused. Time flies because you are totally into what you are working on.
Having your eyes flit to that pop-up every few minutes (or seconds!), then think about that new email, how it involves you and if it can wait, is killing your work mojo.
How can you possibly expect to think of something new, write something great or come up with a brilliant solution when your attention is shattered every two minutes?
That goes for the email alerts on your phone too. I had a great coaching session with a woman who came up with a plan and was totally galvanized to move forward. Before she left she glanced at her phone and uttered a panicked “Oh my word!”
I thought something dire had happened, but she flashed her phone at me and said, “All these emails are from the people I’ve tagged as important, I have to go.”
Now think about it. What was she going to get done in the journey from our meeting room to her desk?
It would have been a much better use of her brainpower to spend a few more minutes inspired by her plan and energized by her future. That’s what will make a difference in her career – no answering an email one and a half minutes faster.
The reality is – if it is truly urgent, someone will call you. There is very little sitting in your inbox that is so urgent it can’t wait an hour.
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