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Do you control your email, or does it control you?

Here are the symptoms of when email controls you:

The first thing you do in the morning is open your email. You’re checking your email at breakfast. You’re checking email at a red light. You’re deep into email at your desk shortly after you sit down. Before you realize it, an hour of your day has evaporated. You react instantly to the “you’ve got mail” ding, whistle, or beep on your computer and phone.

Sound familiar?

If so, you've got fear of missing out (FOMO).

You believe that every email is of life-or-death importance and that people expect an instant reply.

Email is not of life-or-death importance. People don’t expect an instant reply.

Love it or hate it, email is here to stay, so take some time to get a grip on it. So often my coaching clients tell me they have thousands of emails in their inbox, but it works for them. They say it doesn’t bother them to have that many because at least know they can find something. Perhaps it works…until something falls through the cracks. Something important.