I love technology. I love being connected to friends near and far. I love access to all kinds of input that enriches my world.
However since I got back from my Long Service Leave two years ago I have started turning my emails OFF on my phone at nights and weekends.
Before this I was known to have my emails permanently on – and reply to emails all times of the day and night. I did this mostly because that’s what everyone was doing. I thought it meant I could get ahead of the game and save myself some time at work.
Here are 5 benefits I have found since I decided to turn Emails OFF at night.
1. It gives me an actual break from work – turns out if I keep emailing at night I am effectively working 12-14 hours and this is exhausting. I need mental and physical rest in the evenings and especially on my sabbath day on the weekend.
2.If I return emails all hours of the day and night people will expect immediate turn around time and I will create an expectation I cannot sustain.
3. Checking emails at night makes me feel like I am never OFF work and this leads to staleness in the work place. This means that I am actually less productive and creative during my work days.
4. It means I give full attention to my family and friends – instead of giving them a distracted Pam who looks at her phone every time it bings. This gives us all more meaningful connections.
5. It reminds me I am not that important ! Pretty much everything I do can wait until tomorrow to get a response. When something is really urgent people will text. However even this is very rare. When I feel the need to email people back in the evenings it creates a false sense of how important I am. This is a dangerous place to live. I need to be comfortable in my identity as a daughter of God – not as some-one who works all hours of the day and night.
I am hoping I am the only crazy one who had their emails on all hours of the day and night (when I was checking email when I went the bathroom at 2am – I could have guessed I had a problem)
If you are on email at night – I would suggest for the sake of your health and longevity -you turn EMAIL OFF.
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