compulsive emailing


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!!!

8 Responses

  1. Samurai Ed says:

    It will require a bit of searching but subscribe to 43 folders podcast. They are pretty good on how to manage you working life. They had a podcast a while back on email management.

    Forgetting about emails is terrible but replying to fast is not good. Important to leave emails for 15/20 then answer them. Separate the important ones with the not important ones.

    Another good podcast is Tedtalks.

  2. James says:

    My partner used to type on her crackberry at all hours of the night while i was asleep next to her. The tapping on the keys used to drive me nuts and finally I had to yell at her to stop, but then she just got out of bed or did it under the pillow. Finally we had to break up : (

    • nochnoch says:

      🙁 i used to type under the pillow or in the living room or in the bathroom as well. my bf put his foot down and just hid the bb… sigh. crackberry. cracks our lives eh?

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Enoch Li, (pen name: Noch Noch) was born and raised in Hong Kong and Australia. She has also studied / worked / lived in the US, France, UK, Japan, The Netherlands, China, and has travelled to more than 40 countries. She loves travelling and her curiosity in foreign cultures and languages has led her to enjoy her life as an international executive in the banking & finance industry. However, she was forced to take time off work in 2010 due to her illnesses and after spending time in recovery, cooking, practising Chinese calligraphy, reading and writing – in short, learning to take care of herself and letting out the residual work stress, she has transitioned into a Social Entrepreneur and founded BEARAPY to help corporates make workplaces mentally healthy, and support executives to become more resilient.