Every day the average office worker can receive up to two hundred emails. It takes approximately two and a half hours to read and respond to all of these emails. So why can’t we stop getting distracted from our work and dropping everything else to answer these emails?
‘You have new mail’ – The Science behind thisEvery new email activates a release of dopamine in our brains which is a feel-good chemical released by the brain. We quite literally become addicted to this feel-good feeling and hence drop all else that we are working on to respond. But studies have found that the interruptions caused by these emails are more detrimental than was previously thought. In a study last year, Dr Thomas Jackson of Loughborough University found that it takes an average of 64 seconds to recover your train of thought after interruption by email.
Email – Addiction Rehab TipsBy employing a few useful techniques we can beat the email-bug and focus more continuously without the constant distraction.
- Design a Reusable Template
- Time out
- Fix an email schedule
- Respond immediately
- Choose other mediums if possible