Once upon a time, having email on your phone was the coolest thing ever.
(Heck, Blackberry built an empire on it… which it subsequently lost.)
Doing email on the go was cool. And you were a big deal if you answered emails while on-the-go.
Yet, at some point, mobile email changed. It transformed from a productive activity to a leash.
Suddenly, email became a nuisance that interrupts life 24/7.
Mobile Email: The Great Nuisance
If you think about it, do you really need email on your phone?
What do you actually get done?
“But, I have to respond to this email now,” I hear you say.
Are you truly creating value with your emails? Or are you feeding a stream of worthless communication that only serves to limit the action of others in your absence?
Are you jumping at each and every message that comes across? Interrupting your work and life to the point that you don’t know which is which.
Most emails are worthless. Inane back-and-forth about silly and simple topics. Topics that would be better served with less action. Things that can wait.
More Email, More Interruptions
The email situation is even worse if you have your phone set to notify you at each and every email.
I was recently in a meeting where an executive’s phone dinged 55 times during the conversation. (And those were just the ones after I started counting…)
Yet, would it be frowned upon if you didn’t have your work email on your mobile device?
I actually overheard a conversation recently in a corporate environment that was judging a particular employee based on the fact that they didn’t answer emails after hours. And (gasp) they didn’t even have email on their personal mobile phone.
The implication was that this employee wasn’t a hard worker or loyal because they were not reachable after hours.
Interesting, France has been in the news lately over a discussion about the “Right to Disconnect” from their mobile devices after leaving work.
It seems like we all could use a little “Right to Disconnect.”
You Don’t Need Email Everywhere
You don’t need to check your email all day long.
You don’t need to check it at dinner, in the bathroom, or driving in your car.
Reprioritize email in your life. Check it only a few times per day.
Try a little less email, and a little more intentional living.Question: Do you really need your work email on your phone? You can leave a comment by clicking here.