We all use email but most of us are actually not very good at it! We are constantly checking it – even on the go or in the evenings and weekends when we need to wind down – and the inbox never seems to end. Email is probably one of your biggest time wasters, in fact. Why is this?
Well, first of all we need to understand that the main reason we check email is so much is that we are compelled to do so and the more we check it the stronger that compulsion becomes. That’s because checking email activates our brain’s reward system which loves the combination of new and unpredictable. Our brain also operates in exactly the same way when it comes to any other notifications too.
Email is a time waster – You may start your work day with the best intentions – a healthy breakfast, that morning cup of coffee, chatting to colleagues, planning your day even – and then the inevitable happens: you log into your email and that’s it. This simple action has become automatic behaviour and takes up our attention and often at the best part of the day when we should be using that focus and attention for real work.
So it’s crucial that we get better at it. Here’s how:
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