Mindfulness, Quick Tips, Time Management

Serenity Tip: How Often Do You Check Email?

I was fascinated to hear there’s a correlation between how often you check email and how stressed you are. More checking goes hand-in-hand with increased anxiety (and decreased serenity) in your life:

Serenity Tip about checking email

Now, let’s not confuse correlation with causation.  This is one of my favourite annoyances when statistics are quoted. For example, the more firefighters who attend a fire, the more damage the fire causes. Duh.

So it’s possible that incredibly busy, stressed people just happen to check email often because their lives are packed full. But I think there’s also something in the mindset where if you think you must constantly refresh that little screen in your pocket, it’s a sign that you’ve crammed too much into your schedule, or you believe you’re less dispensable than you are – see below.

This weekend, I challenge you to notice how often you’re checking your email, texts or other notifications. And how does it make you feel?

A Spoonful of Serenity

A spoonful of serenityHere’s my Friday collection of useful resources for serenity seekers. This week, technology habits are firmly on my mind… not surprising as evening computer use is what I’m giving up for Lent.

  • Want to try a more significant email break? National Day of Unplugging begins at sundown today, March 3rd. And the Huffington Post offers 24 ideas for what to do while you’re unplugged.
  • I browsed online for articles about being indispensable and found several work-oriented websites advising how to push harder and dig deeper to advance your career. No, no, no! Cemeteries are full of people who believed they were indispensable (quote believed to be from Charles de Gaulle). Here’s a much better angle on being indispensable, especially if you’re female.
  • I’m on a roll with this idea of technology and boundaries, so here’s one more insightful piece about how gadgets harm our relationships, and what to do about it.

Do you take steps to limit the role technology plays in your life? Or do you check your phone every time it alerts you to new activity? Are you happy with the arrangement?

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4 Comment

  1. Reply
    Julie Valerie @Julie_Valerie
    March 5, 2017 at 7:27 am

    You are so right, Pauline! I do check media more often when I’m stressed. Why? It certainly does help my stress levels. After reading this Serenity Project post, I’ve decided I’ll “check in” a lot less.

    Glide more. Check less.

    1. Reply
      Pauline
      March 5, 2017 at 7:06 pm

      Love that “glide more, check less”. I see what you did there and I’m impressed 🙂

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    Jean | DelightfulRepast.com
    March 14, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Pauline, I check my emails on my desktop computer several times a day. But the computer gets shut down no later than 8pm. I use my cell phone (a dumb one) for outgoing calls only. I can’t imagine having a smartphone “ding-ing” at me all day and all night as is the case with many people now. We were invited to dinner the other night by a single friend who had a houseguest. We were in the middle of dinner when this mature woman’s cell phone went off and she actually got up from the table and took the routine call. When it happened a second time, she started to get up and then, to her credit, stopped herself. I’m definitely not a slave to technology! 😀

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      Pauline
      March 15, 2017 at 7:56 am

      Hurrah! I’m so glad to hear there are a few of us left. My phone is “smart” but I actually try to use it as seldom as possible 😉

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