For my birthday this year, Michael got me a new iPhone since my old one was quickly declining in its lifespan. When I first got my new phone, I made sure I downloaded all of the apps I that I surely needed, as well as making sure I connected all of the accounts I use regularly.
Why I No Longer Have My Email Synced To My Phone Click To Tweet
One thing I didn’t get to doing right away was setting up my blog email, which also serves as my primary email. I know this can sound crazy, but after a month of never getting around to it, I’m actually very glad that I never set it up.
I love to be up-to-date and in the now, which is probably why I have such a knack for social media. I’m that person who alway aims to respond to people as quick as I possibly can. This is the huge reason why I have always had my email connected to my phone – I wanted to be quick in connecting with others.
I never realized it until just the other day, but having my email synced up to my phone added a ton of stress onto my everyday. When I thought about it more, I was completely shocked at how I never took notice of this added stress! All I know is that I don’t deserve the extra stress.
WHY I NO LONGER HAVE MY EMAIL SYNCED TO MY PHONE:
1. It Created Worry & Doubt //
Though I didn’t realize it at the time, having my email synched up to my phone was a clear way to worry and doubt. What do I mean by that? If I had recently applied for a new sponsored campaign or was waiting for a company to respond to a pitch of mine, I would constantly be refreshing my mail. I would check over and over to see if I had gotten a reply or an acceptance email. When I wouldn’t receive an email as soon as I’d like, my mind would quickly jump to worrying and thinking thoughts like, “Maybe I didn’t have a good enough pitch” or “Maybe a response to me isn’t worth their time.” When I worry about things, my mind eventually gets to doubting myself, and we all know that neither of those things are good for us.
2. It Could Make Or Break My Day //
There were days when I would check my email while I was out and about and receiving what was sent to me could either build me up or break me down. There were times of both. The times I would get so excited about a new collaboration with a blog friend or a company that I love were really great, but they also kept my mind away from what I was just doing. The same happens when I’d get an email that was bad news, except being caught up in my mind would be worse. This is when the doubt can creep in again.
3. It Distracted Me //
I was constantly checking my email on days I expected a certain email, so I was always being distracted from actually being in the now, even if that just meant doing a grocery run. If I wasn’t refreshing my inbox and I’d hear the high-pitched *ding* go off, I’d have to immediately check it whenever I could. Talk about a huge, unnecessary distraction! And when you tie in the fact that an email could make or break my day, you can also see how either way, those are unneeded distractions, as well.
4. I Feel Free Without It //
I never realized how free I would feel and be without having my email connected to my phone. What a simple thing to do, but the difference it makes is huge. I am free to live my life outside email. I am free to grab a cup of coffee with a friend and just talk life with them. I am free to have a date day with my husband without being distracted by my work.
5. I Can Separate My Blog Life From My Real Life Again //
Everyone wants to quickly blame social media for being the distractor for everyone, but for me, my distraction first came from my email. Having not connected my email up to my phone again is helping me really zone in on the importance of separating my blog (work) life from my real life. Doing this has also helped me to not check my social media account as much, as well. Blogging is super important to me, but my real life has to come first.Struggling with work-life balance? Remove your work email from your phone! Click To Tweet
Let’s chat – Do you have your email connected to your phone? Have you ever noticed how it can add extra stress onto your shoulders? Do you not have it synced to your phone? Are your reasons the same or different?