May 31, 2005
Just Say No
A recent study by AOL (published here in CNET) says that on average, people in America check email five times per day and can’t go without it for more than three days at a time. And six out of ten respondents said they check email on vacation.
While I’m as guilty as anyone of perpetuating these statistics, I am a big fan of taking regular time off from email. Whether it’s a day each week, or a whole weekend here or there, or at least one week vacation per year, it’s important to Just Say No every once in a while. Even Fred took an email holiday recently, to great success, I believe. The great thing about email is that they’ll all be there waiting for you when you log back in.