Be More With Less is one of the internet’s biggest proponents of simplicity (and I’m a big fan) actually wrote a post about how they were going to be away from their emails for more than a couple of days and they were going to use an autoresponder for the first time. And they were feeling ‘yucky’ about it.
I replied with a rather long comment saying that I use out of offices weekly, I switch off my email and work phone for four days at a time. And never check them when I am on holiday.
I am a writer; researcher and consultant/coach. No-one is going to die if I don’t check my emails.
But I do manage expectations.
I have my new policies page where I explain about how I work, including only accessing emails 3 days a week, how I work and what to expect if you buy one of my products.
My email signature explains that I only check emails 3 days a week.
You get the picture – I guard my time well. I have lots of free time to create, to think and to breathe.
While I am away from my computer I solve problems and think of new creative ideas for my work and my clients’. I don’t think the same can be said when I am fending off emails.
Emails don’t add any value to the work that I do. They are useful and important, but not valuable.
Of course I have time away from them.