This is what email does to you every single day (if you leave your email client open or check email on your phone every time the notification goes off).
Why is it so annoying when our kids do this to us, but not when our email notification interrupts every important thing we do during the day?
New York Times researcher Daniel Levitin says that you should give your brain time to rest and reset by adjusting the way you approach all of your tasks, specifically social media and email:
If you want to be more productive and creative, and to have more energy, the science dictates that you should partition your day into project periods. Your social networking should be done during a designated time, not as constant interruptions to your day.
Email, too, should be done at designated times. An email that you know is sitting there, unread, may sap attentional resources as your brain keeps thinking about it, distracting you from what you’re doing. What might be in it? Who’s it from? Is it good news or bad news? It’s better to leave your email program off than to hear that constant ping and know that you’re ignoring messages.
One great tool that I’ve found (I use gmail and chrome) is called “Inbox Pause”. It’s free, and allows you to pause your email inbox (and all notifications on your desktop, tablet, and phone with the touch of a button.
Because if I don’t, I AM the guy who looks at the notification and cannot resist seeing who emailed me.
Try Inbox Pause, and let me know what you think?
How do you handle email? Any tricks you can share to help us all?