FILTER THE CRAP OUT OF YOUR LIFE
Mental smog, toxic thoughts and endless to-do lists – being a grown-up can be tough. Here’s how to detox your day-to-day.
In 2014, Coca Cola’s Atlanta HQ did away with voicemail. Last year, JP Morgan followed suit after employees complained it was “annoying” and “redundant”. If you feel this way then change your voicemail message to politely explain so: “I no longer check voicemail so please send me a text or email and I’ll get back to you.”
Tech designer Tristan Harris, founder of the Time Well Spent movement, says we need to use our mobiles more mindfully. To prevent ‘leaky interactions’ – when you’re checking one app and then another distracts you – he recommends having a ‘tools only’ home screen, with four or five essential apps such as email and contacts. Also, set up shortcuts to your camera or clock without unlocking your iPhone so you’re not tempted to click elsewhere.
Do you really need to copy that many people into an email thread? London company International Power reduced total email traffic by 54 per cent just by encouraging their executives to “think twice” before cc’ing or bcc’ing anyone on an email. LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner offers similar advice with his golden rule of email management: “If you want to receive less emails, send less emails.” If a conversation is ongoing, instead of including others in the entire thread, send them a summary once a decision is made.
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