Have you had one of those days, where the day passed you by? OK… I had one of those days recently. In a minute of despair, I looked to my reflection in the computer monitor – and I all I saw, was my email inbox looking right back at me.
As I pondered my day’s ineffectiveness, it occurred to me the problem was staring me right back – email. It’s true… It just looks at me. The moment I take my eyes off of it (or dare open another application), it beeps and shows the arrival of yet another email to be “handled.” If email were human, I’d equate it to a jealous friend.
But is my email really to blame? I say NO!!
It’s not you email. It’s me. I think we just need some time apart. I’m not ready to call it quits. I do think we need to take some time throughout the day for us to take a break. Maybe we could hang out with some of our other friends (e.g., “goals”, “project deliverables” and “strategic initiatives”, etc.). I admit having some time away would also allow me get out and talk to people about their development goals or provide some coaching. And just because I see other friends… well – it doesn’t mean we can’t spend a lot of time together. Alright, I admit I’ll also use other applications. But only I as I need to. In the end, I will start my day (and end it) with you (email).
OK, OK, OK.. Maybe this is sounding too much like a petty high-school breakup letter. You get the point (maybe you laughed a little too). Read more…