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Confessions of an email addict

Confessions of an email addict - SalesLatitudeAdmit it. You are an email addict. You are diligently working on a project that you know has a hard-stop completion date and up pops an email. What do you do? Do you ignore it?  No? Then you are an email addict. You must open it up, and, respond to it – losing your train of thought. Or, you are on a conference call with your colleagues and up pops an email. What do you do? Do you ignore it? NO! You are an email addict. You must open it up and respond to it – not paying attention to what your colleagues are saying. We’re all familiar with the struggle. You can’t get enough done in a day, but if you were able to go to Email Anonymous, would you? How could you be helped? You could just resolve yourself to disrupting anything you are currently doing to read that email that pops up and then go back to what you were doing before the email. Or, you could chalk it up to the “squirrel” or “shiny penny” syndrome and just know that you are type A and just have to answer that email immediately. Better yet, you could turn off your email notification, only look at your emails during certain periods of time, and block off certain times to specifically review your emails and respond. Think about it. What if you did not respond to each email immediately? What would happen? Not much. Would you be able to respond to emails if you were:
  • Going through customs and no cell phones were allowed?
  • On a plane with no Wi-Fi?
  • With a client?
  • In a meeting with your boss?
  • Getting your performance review?
  • Skydiving?
  • Parasailing?
  • At your wedding?
  • Giving birth?
Unless someone knows what you are doing and where you are every second, then what is the difference if you just finish what you are doing and then look at your emails afterwards? Nothing. Well, better than nothing. You may actually give yourself permission to focus and think about the task at hand. And, that would be a great thing. So try to tame your email addiction. I know we would all like to not be so attached to everyone, all the time – and be more attentive and productive. What do you do to assuage your email craving? Janice Mars, SalesLatitudeJanice Mars, principal and founder of SalesLatitude, is a senior business and sales executive with more than 30 years of experience helping companies build successful sales teams. She has parlayed that experience to help her clients to improve their sales processes, accurately forecast revenues, ensure focus on winnable opportunities, and attain consistent results. View my LinkedIn profile | Twitter   Image courtesy of Tuomas_Lehtinen at

Janice Mars, Principal and Founder of SalesLatitude, is a sales performance improvement consultant and change agent focused on growing top performers to impact bottom line growth. With more than 30 years of experience as a senior business and sales executive, she helps companies build successful sales teams by maximizing their time and resources, selling from the buyer’s point of view, and strengthening the effectiveness of leadership. View my LinkedIn profile | Twitter


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