I used to enjoy picking up my iPad on Sunday evenings, scrolling through news from around the world, luxuriating in a lengthy feature story, and even listening to the future with a stream of morning drivetime radio from Sydney.
But then the pop-up notifications became more frequent. You know the ones. The over-eager manager, colleague or partner clearing through their inbox, furiously trying to catch up from the week gone by and getting ahead of the week to come.
And how to do that? By pushing email after email, request after request, into your inbox. While they slept more soundly on Sunday night and came in refreshed the next morning, I went to bed and woke up thinking about a mountain of to do list items that had suddenly materialized.
They were ahead. I was behind. Thanks for ruining my weekend, and putting me in a hole for the week ahead.
Now I can’t point fingers without pointing them at myself. I’ve been that guy, sending Sunday night emails, oblivious to the effects on my co-workers. You have too. Admit it.
When I made a tongue-in-cheek Facebook post about this topic a few weeks back, the comments were swift, pointed and at times defensive. Yet after a bit of reflection -- and perhaps the benefit of Monday morning introspection – there was a bit more balance. Just because we live in a 24/7 world doesn’t mean that we need to add to the maelstrom, nor does it mean that we can or should interrupt much-needed vital time away from work obligations.
So how can you reform your evil ways, winning back the good graces of your teammates without causing your own anxiety levels to skyrocket? Here’s what has worked for me:
Good luck purging your demons. For those of us trying to wring out a few more hours of peace on a Sunday – and listening to 2GB while reading the Times – thanks for a little self-restraint.