Ever pressed click and send and wished you hadn’t? We’ve all been there. If you can’t leave your inbox alone and you’re constantly connected, bringing mindfulness to your work and your email may prevent you from becoming an E — hostage. Here are our 6 top tips to stop email consuming your waking (and sleeping) hours.
Email is a super quick, efficient and easy way of keeping in touch. It makes life so much easier, we hear you say. But do you ever wonder if you’re a little too connected? You’re not alone. Edward Hallowell, MD describes the resulting state caused by constant distraction at work as Attention Deficit Trait, or ADT.
Your brain on email
“ADT?” you say, “I need my email.” You’re right, email is quick and efficient. We agree. But there is a dark side to being permanently connected. When we’re required to process huge amounts of data over long periods of time we become less efficient, making more mistakes. Once the very sensible and efficient frontal lobes in the brain, or the executive function as they’re known, reach full capacity, we start to feel overwhelmed. This kicks in a stress response and your body moves onto red alert. When you’re pulled in a million different directions, including constant email, this is what’s happening in your brain. It’s easy to feel overloaded, out of control and on a permanent treadmill. This is mind — less rather than mindful. Don’t beat yourself up, there are some very good neurological reasons for your seemingly irrational behaviour.
E is for Endorphins
Slavishly checking emails when you’re not at work? Email is workplace crack. We just can’t help going back for more. If you find your inbox impossible to ignore, dopamine may be the culprit. Responsible for controlling the brain’s ‘pleasure’ symptoms, dopamine may be impelling you to seek out your next ‘hit.’ The problem is we tend to seek more than we are satisfied, hence the persistent checking of emails. Email is the technological replacement for Pavlov’s bell. So how can you stop yourself from becoming a slave to email?
5 Mindful Emailing Strategies
Gill Crossland-Thackray is a business psychologist, lecturer, trainer and coach. She is Director of Koru Development and Co-Director of Positive Change Guru. She is a contributing writer at Thrive Global and has written about psychology for a number of global publications including The Guardian, HR Zone and Ultra Sport. She is also visiting professor at CHE University, Phnom Penh.
Through Koru and Positive Change Guru she works internationally with CEOs, senior executives, businesses and individuals to optimise leadership, performance and wellbeing. If you’ve enjoyed this post please consider clicking on the heart. You can contact Gill at [email protected]To find out more follow her at @KoruDevelopment and @PosChangeGuru
Originally published at positivechangeguru.com on March 11, 2017.
Originally published at medium.com