Why I ditched email from my phone
Probably the greatest distraction for me lately has been having email on my phone. You know the drill: check it first thing in the morning, habitually checking it throughout the day, feeling bad because you check it so much, checking it while you’re in conversation with someone, then just in case…checking it before you go to bed at night.
It had become an addiction: I was simply unable to stop opening my email app. Long story short, I realized that I didn’t want to keep living like this. I had watched an interview that Michael Hyatt did of Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. Greg said that one thing he did to simplify his life and refocus on what matters most is to just take email off his phone. The world has come to expect immediate response on everything, but that doesn’t mean we should reorder our lives to make that happen. At the price of sanity? No thanks.
On one hand, it’s radical. I almost couldn’t fathom it. But on the other hand, it’s not that big of a deal. We survived a long time without being always accessible to people—can’t we detach ourselves just a little bit?
So I made the leap. I deleted all my email accounts off my phone. And guess what?
No one noticed but me.
I was the only one who was jittery for a few days.
I was the only one still habitually checking for new mail.
I was the only one that longed to respond to a message quickly.
Guess it wasn’t that radical after all. I invite you to join me. The air is quite fresh on the other side.