It’s 6a.m. on a Sunday morning and I hear a very soft ping coming from my phone. Is it my alarm? No … it’s my email.
With smart phones, tablets and laptops – we are now to easily accessible to everyone – friends, family and our employer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It’s gotten to be excessive and I know that I definitely have a bad case of email exhaustion.
Communicating with friends and colleagues used to involve picking up the phone and having a conversation or meeting up for a quick pow wow in the hall or lunch room. Now the art of actual person to person conversation seems to be dying quickly.
Email is the main form of communication in most offices. Everyone stays locked in their offices and instead of getting up and walking 10 feet down the hall to ask a simple question, they send yet another email. And then a few minutes go by and ping … you get a response.
I have to admit I’m just as guilty as everyone else. Email is easy. Email is fast. And with email I always have a record of what was mentioned or promised. However people are completely bombarded with email and it simply is no longer an effective communication tool. The constant stream of email can be overwhelming, difficult to manage and it absolutely is a source of frustration.
Before sending your next email, I urge you to not hit send, and instead go for that little walk down the hall. Stretch your legs … take a break … and talk to your co-worker. I’m sure they will appreciate one less email in their inbox. I know I would!
I’m looking forward to taking a few days off. I’m actually planning on heading out of town a little early on Friday, and I think I might just leave my charger and work emails at home! I’m sure I will regret it when I return to work on Tuesday and cringe when I see my bursting inbox … but oh to have 3 full days of actual conversation again. Priceless.