Imagine; you’re sitting on the couch with your partner and you’re watching a movie. You feel your phone vibrate and you realize that an email has come in. You check the email and see that you have received an angry message from a customer. Your mood deteriorates and the next time your other half asks you if you want something to drink, you’re short with them. This is just one of the reasons why you should stop checking your email in the evening!
WILL IT CHANGE ANYTHING?
Think about it; would it matter if you didn’t see this email until the morning? Probably not. In 99 out of 100 cases, it doesn’t matter if you see it in the evening or in the morning. The complaint remains the same and whether you react immediately in the evening or wait until morning, it won’t matter anymore for the customer.
MORE PEACE AND QUIET
You also experience more peace and quiet when you put your phone away in the evening or are no longer available for work. Once you’ve finished working, you’re really done. You no longer have to worry about anything when you sit on the couch with your partner. You have an agreement that you will pick up where you left off in the morning.
In addition, you will also experience that you sleep better. How annoying would it be if you opened your email one last time just before you went to sleep and saw a negative message? It doesn’t make your sleep any better, it makes it worse. Maybe you have a big job waiting for you when you wake up, but at least you are well equipped to deal with it after getting a good night’s sleep.
Finally, you should also set boundaries for yourself and others. Once you have finished working, you’re done. You don’t have to answer to anyone anymore. If you discuss this with your partner, you will both have peace and quiet and you will have all the time you need to enjoy each other’s company. So put your phone away when you sit down in the evening and forget your emails!