We spend most of our time in work and we often think of work when we are not there.
How our thoughts impact on our work and how our work impacts on our thoughts is really important.
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She sees email
checking as forming part of a ‘transitional ritual’. It is something we do on
auto pilot when we get back to our desk after a meeting or after lunch. It
also occurs when we are indecisive and have to ponder what to do next. This
ritual is an automatic habit we fall into without realising it and is
by no means limited to email.
We could find
ourselves regularly checking our social media (company policy aside) or a news
website or a message board.These rituals are
hard to avoid. It’s part of human nature to behave like this. The problem
arises because we are interrupted so often. If our ‘ritual’ takes a while then
it really starts to eat into our day.
that we ‘go on the offensive’ and rather beat ourselves up over checking our
email or Twitter when we ‘transition’, we simply cut out the interruptions and those
This can be done by
having a list of things to do made out in advance so that as soon as we finish
one task or get back to our desk, we get stuck into the next item straight way. Keep an eye on your
transition ritual, learn to recognise it. Once you find yourself scanning
your email for the sake of it, stop and do
something constructive or enjoyable or just get on with your next task. This approach also ties in with the idea of having a ‘not to do list’.
Life’s too short to spend it scanning your inbox or timeline in zombie mode.