My Inbox Held Me Captive. Barriers Had Been Breached - Trust and Agreements Broken
It was time to set things straight
“I knew it would take time to understand all the nuances. But now, my direction had a purpose.” — Jill Reid | Real Life
You tap open your phone or tablet or desktop. And there it is, staring you in the face.
The dreaded email inbox.
Chock full of new messages beckoning you with annoying urgency, it’s hard to resist the pull to open the monstrous file — even though you already know it’s full of mosty junk.
So how do you handle the irritating beast?
Here’s a short excerpt from a story in Real Life that may provide a few pointers — and help slow down the overwhelming stream.
A large chunk of my day is spent in senseless distraction—hours of time plodding through an endless stream of email brimming with meaningless rhetoric from unwanted visitors.
Admittedly, I’ve become a slave to the click of my mouse—the all-too-easy access impossible to ignore. And with my concentration diverted to the familiar Outlook screen, my attention is drawn to a living nightmare of newly-arrived messages.
Scanning the continuous input scatters my focus—my brain splintering in a dozen confusing directions until I manage to delete some small portion of incoming debris.
But it’s only a temporary fix, the evicted email now residing in a trash folder waiting for more of my attention—and begging for one more chance before being banished to the cornfield.
I realize the wasted time is irretrievable.
Even worse, the effort I spend filtering through a litany of energy-sucking messages, offers, and e-zines often leaves me empty and drained.
Why do I continue putting up with all those irritating and irrelevant intruders expecting an immediate response to sign up now or take advantage of a special offer before midnight tonight?
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In health & happiness,
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Jill Reid is the author of Real Life, Discover Your Personal Truth, Life in Small Doses, and Please God, Make Me A Writer. Her books, videos, and newsletter explore life, relationships, self-improvement, health, and personal success strategies for working through the challenges of everyday life.
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