BLONG! My iPhone and iPad both chiming out the arrival of a communication. Back when it was a new thing, it was exciting to be able to be immediately notified. As the excitement waned to the point of becoming annoying I didn’t realize that it was hurting me.
BLONG! A lightning bolt of anxiety shoots through my body shaking me out of my partially relaxed state. My heart races as I anticipate the horrible thing that is enclosed in that digital envelope. 99% of my email is not something good. It is either somebody wanting something from me, spam or automated mail from myself with the status of a server process. Nothing that I need to immediately respond to.
So what am I going to do about it? Give up email on my devices? Well, no. It is handy but I am going to mute the sound. I will no longer be a slave to email. Email will be MY bitch from now on. I’ll read it when I feel like it.
UPDATE – Almost a week later
I’m really digging this silence. I feel less stressed than I have ever felt in my life. You might want to give this a try.