While email was originally seen as a watershed invention devised to improve the speed of communication, in recent years, it's become an anxiety inducing burden that can add hours to your work day. If you're searching for ways not to get buried by your inbox, you're not the only one. Email fatigue is real, and after spending hours answering work emails, the last thing you probably want to do is hop over to your personal inbox. Enough already.
When email first came on the scene, hearing the ding of a new message was exciting. Now, hearing an email arrive in your inbox can be akin to nails on a chalkboard. I'll be the first to admit it: I hate email. People who know me well are aware that email is the least likely way to reach me because I scan for work emails and urgent messages, and ignore the rest.
According to an email statistics report from The Radicati Group, Inc., the average person sends and receives 122 emails during the work day. Another survey reports that American workers spend more than six hours a day on email. That leaves just two hours to complete other work, and since your job likely entails more than just checking email, you're probably working more than you should to get it all done.
Unfortunately, email is here to stay, so developing strategies to help you not feel overwhelmed by your overflowing inbox is important; they can even reduce the amount of time you spend on email. Amy Sandler, corporate mindfulness trainer and founder of Thunderheart Leadership advises treating your work day a little differently than you're used to, and even turning to mindfulness meditation to manage email fatigue.
"We wouldn’t show up at a meeting without an agenda or launch a new business without a plan, so why not do that with your day?" she tells Bustle. "I look at everything from the question — what’s my intention? If my intention is to feel less overwhelmed by email — and likely, less overwhelmed in life — then I check in with myself and ask, where am I putting my energy and focus?"
So, what's your plan to beat email fatigue? Here are seven mindful ways to help you not get buried by your inbox.