Don’t rely on your willpower - Deepstash

Don’t rely on your willpower

For those with less restraint, consider an app that will prevent you from checking your email at unscheduled times.

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MORE IDEAS FROM Ex-Googlers: You're emailing wrong and it's killing your productivity

Email can wait

Unless your job demands otherwise, deal with email at the end of the day.

Less energy at the end of the day makes you less tempted to overcommit to incoming requests.

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There’s no reason to treat emails like they are emergencies.

Try responding as slowly as you can get away with, be it hours, days or even weeks. If something is truly important, let people know to call or text.

Eventually, this practice will reset expectations.

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Emails are like snail mail

You do not need to constantly check and respond to every new email message.

Treat email like an old-fashioned paper letter that gets sent once a day.

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Most workplaces have an unreasonable expectation that you’ll check email during your time off.

During your vacation, act as if you’re off the grid.

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... if you’re just receiving several emails a day. Otherwise, strive to empty your inbox out once a week.

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With this strategy, you won’t waste time checking emails constantly throughout the day. 

Instead, you’ll establish an end-of-day email routine. Research found that people who check their emails three times a day respond to the same amount of emails 20 percent faster than those who constantly respond to messages as they came in.

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Just like our muscles, studies show that our ability to make smart decisions gets worn down as the day goes on.

Cut out and automate as many non-essential decisions as possible to preserve your mental muscles and willpower.

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Future career logic

The most important career logic of the past is becoming counterproductive. Many of us have been told the key to success was developing a specialization that allowed us to climb the professional ladder.

However, with the advancement in technology combined with increased uncertainty, the world is rapidly changing. In the future, being broad-minded is likely to be as important as expertise. The ability to connect the dots (generalists) is as important as the ability to make the dots (specialists).

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Understanding Your Work-Related Need
  • If you like the WFH experience and would like to continue it on a permanent basis, you may need to make a case to your employer.
  • Prior to that, you may want to reflect on your working needs and preferences, as the WFH model does mean that all your interactions with your bosses and colleagues would be virtual, and the workplace would then cease to be a source of social connections.
  • Keep in mind that the current global situation where almost everyone is working from home can also change in the future.

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