How’s your email stress level?
Are you annoyed by how much time email sucks from your day?
Like you, I was frustrated with the power email wielded over my time. Despite all kinds of tools and email management strategies, I was still checking it all the time. You know your “system” isn’t working if you’re doing email in the grocery check-out line.
Have you been there?
If so, here’s the solution.
It was staring me in the face the whole time. It was easy. Too easy.
I never thought it would provide such calm. I got immediate relief—more relief than I realized I needed. And in the long term, I became far more focused and free of unnecessary stress.
All that without really doing anything. The only thing I accomplished was clearing my mind of…the dot.
That little dot. More specifically, that little number inside that little dot on the corner of my mail app.
The Email Badge.
In theory, this is a helpful tool. It notifies me of email I haven’t tended to yet. And I ought to be thinking about that, right?
The reality is that whenever I looked at my phone’s home screen, the email badge was glaring at me. An incessant nag, reminding me of an increasing workload. And if I responded to the interruption and cleared my inbox, the badge would simply reappear moments later.
The badge’s reminder didn’t help my productivity. Quite the opposite. It diluted my focus, causing me to pay attention to tasks that hadn’t earned it.
So here is, step-by-step, what I did to solve the problem.
Turn off email badges in notification settings.
END OF STEPS.
That’s all. It may not seem like much, but the benefits have been remarkable. Besides what I’ve already mentioned, you can expect:
- Greater consistency in responding to emails.
You would think it would be the opposite, but after my badges were gone, it was far easier to stick to a schedule with my email. Once a day I tackle it hard, and it stays down.
- Greater sense of control.
If you’re like me, you’ll experience a feeling much like muting the TV during annoying commercials. You didn’t know how loud it had gotten until you hear quiet. That’s the sound of you regaining control of your work day.
- Increased level of happiness.
The bigger the number on the badge, the more people you feel like you’re letting down. It feels like you’re in debt. You may be crushing your work day, but the badge tells you that you’re not doing enough. Removing the badge removes that negativity so you can focus on what you’re doing well.
The Fix for Stress-Free Productivity
Here’s the thing with reminders: they are only helpful in their appropriate context.
The badge promises that you won’t forget. But that’s not a healthy reminder system.
So turn it off for stress-free productivity.Question: Have you de-badged? How were the results? You can leave a comment by clicking here.