Being honest to myself I checked all those habits, one of them being to check my mails, before I had brushed my teeth.
And yes there are situations where it is important to be reachable, but those are rare. Does the world really go down, if you answer an Email the next day? Or take a small decision not right away, but maybe two days later? Most of the time the answer is “no”, nothing really bad happens if you do that.
Also being reachable while on vacation is a topic. Yes, being not reachable for 2-3 weeks might seem long in the work environment we live in. But ask yourself, what does really happen in this time? What if somebody else takes the wrong way because he or she couldn’t reach you? Or maybe he/ she just takes a different way? Does your vacation come unplanned? Are there things that can be sorted easily beforehand? I asked myself all these questions- and my work phone stays back home now.
On the other hand, if I know a customer is trying out something for me and is in a situation that it has to work at all times, of course I still pick up the phone.
So I found some solutions that work for me, but I have still topics for which I found no solution yet, like the meeting marathon I sometimes have.
This is also true for your private life. Is it really necessary to be always reachable? Do you have to answer the Whats App from a fiend the minute you receive it?
I don’t think so. I think you can still be a good friend even if you need some time to answer.
- If somebody takes another route- it might be the better one
- Answering Emails at all times is not necessary- most things can wait a few hours without the world falling apart
- If something goes the wrong way it is most of the time fixable
- Being not reachable while on vacation is no problem
What are your thoughts? Are you always on?