A new study by the University of California and U.S. Army researchers looked at the productivity and stress levels of people who weren’t checking email on a regular basis.
Office workers taking an email hiatus:
- Focused on a single task for longer stretches of time.
- Had lower stress levels (as measured by heart rate monitors).
- Switched windows only 18 times in an hour—compared to email users, who switched an average of 37 times per hour.
One of the researchers, informatics professor Gloria Mark, has this recommendation for us: “We suggest doing what we call batching emails, where organizations send emails once or twice a day, rather than continually, so employees know not to check their email every 10 minutes.”
She also suggests taking an occasional “email vacation” from your inbox.
— Adapted from “Taking E-Mail Vacations Can Reduce Stress, Study Says,” Nick Bilton, The New York Times.