Yikes! another email popped up in in my work inbox, gotta reply to it NOW!
I had always felt compelled to reply to work emails ASAP. In the end, I probably built a well-deserved reputation for myself for being “quick and responsive”. But at what cost?
I stressed myself out for replying to every single email immediately, and got anxious when other people didn’t reply and my work was stuck as a result. My thumbs cramped up so often from typing on the blackberry. I would log on into work email from home over the weekend or in the evening just to keep clearing up emails.
But maybe, that’s not necessary. The world will not die even if I hold on for an hour, or maybe even a day or two, before I get around to replying to emails. And anyways, hard to accept but I’m really not that important in the company structure. It will stand.
In my humble opinion, if you are logging on your work email remotely from home the minute you step through the door, or first thing in the morning, and / or looking at your blackberry every few minutes, have an urge to turn it on over the weekends, on holidays, in the middle of the night, immediately after getting of a flight – or rather, not turn it off at all 24/7 – I’d say you are pretty stressed, very addicted to your blackberry, and leading quite an unhealthy lifestyle.
Take your time out!!!