How often do you check your email?
Multiple times a day? More often than you should?
Enough is enough! It can’t be said more plain and simple than that.
If you log in frequently, much to the ado about nothing new, then maybe it is time to start treating your electronic mail just as you would open your mailbox – just once a day. By doing so, you aren’t missing out, in fact you are gaining time and energy to do more important things in life. Real life.
And it is easy to cut down the moments spent on those unnecessary what if checks.
Choose a time of day (it doesn’t have to be the same each day of the week) when you have the momentum and mental capacity to answer whatever may be waiting for you behind passwords, perhaps multiple of them.
Write mindfully by giving your full attention to the person you are writing to. Don’t multitask-task with other social media outlets, they have a tendency to extend your time online and may even cloud your personal message to others.
Let it take as long as it takes to answer everyone that is expecting a reply. One day it may take twenty minutes, the next day an hour, that’s why focus is always important.
Refrain from checking your email before bed. That “just one more time” can end up a loaded read, or it can make you happy – in any case nighttime is for relaxing, so why put extra thoughts/concerns/replies on your plate before heading off to slumber? We have enough to think about all day, save the work for the next morning when you are refreshed, fueled up and ready to go.
Distance yourself from the buttoning of keys by getting your online communication out of the way, then go out bravely into the world and communicate in person.
Will you be missed online? Yes and no. In modern times it is commonly expected that all replies are fast, if not instant. In the meanwhile we tend to forget about others around us, even right in front of us, that need and deserve our direct attention. Meet somewhere in the middle and find the online/offline balance that works for you.
Even as bloggers, just once a day we check our email. The rest of the day we are writing, cooking, creating e-courses, thinking, playing, learning and growing – gathering life experiences that make us – us.
If you don’t hear back from us right away, it is not because we don’t care about you, your questions or your unending support and praise…
It is quite the opposite really. It is because we care so much about carefully creating a life/community/work balance that is based in part online and mostly here, there, wherever we are, in physical life.
Be aware of constant communication, use it for good, not as a replacement for boredom. Most of all, be mindful of the time you spend online and off, mostly off.
How do you find little ways to reduce your time online, while still remaining productive? Let us know in the comments below!