Step One: Unplug during downtime… with this baby step
Constantly having notifications popping up on your phone at all hours can really make you feel important and in the know. The dark side of constant interruptions is that when you’re “off the clock” they take you out of the moment and disconnect you from the perfectly amazing time that you would have otherwise been having.
That’s play time that you need and earned!
Here’s the thing: no matter how important your work is, when emergencies happen they’re likely few and far between. And in a worst case scenario where one happens, if you empower people to phone you when there’s a Real Emergency (and you’re firm on what that is!) you’ll likely find out about urgent situations faster and be more quick & effective at solving them than if you tried to mash out an action plan on that tiny keyboard.
Still, while it can make all the sense in the world, turning off your email notifications is a scary step to take.
My “baby steps” workaround was finding a mail app that let me set a time window when I would receive notifications. Once I could set notifications to end at 8pm and wake up to find that my house hadn’t burned down, I could start to slowly walk that end time back until I turned notifications off completely.
The result is that I’m less stressed, more present at work and at home, and am much happier. If you’re having trouble finding an app that has this feature, I use iGmail on my iPhone and I love it.
This is the first of five steps in a series that we’ll be sharing with each edition – so don’t miss the next issue!
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