|Twelve-Step Program Aims to Cure EMail Addiction|
|Jon Hurdle (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
Wed, 21 Feb 2007 00:36:29 -0600
By Jon Hurdle|
Alcoholics have one, and so do drug abusers. Now people addicted to
e-mail also have a 12-step program designed to tackle their obsession.
An executive coach in Pennsylvania has devised a plan to teach people
Developed for cases such as a golfer who checked his BlackBerry after
"There is a crisis in corporate America, but a lot of CEOs don't know
One of Egan's clients cannot walk by a computer -- her own or anyone
The first of Egan's 12 steps is "admit that e-mail is managing
Other steps include "commit to keeping your inbox empty," "establish
Egan says she hosts no 12-step meetings but is planning a monthly
'HAD ME BY THE THROAT'
Michelle Grace, an insurance agent in Lehighton, Pennsylvania, said
"E-mail had me by the throat," she said. "When you can't find what you
Now that her e-mails are transferred -- some manually and some
On average, workers who receive an e-mail take four minutes to read it
She also recommends checking e-mails not more than three or four times
Some employees resist the lure of e-mail during the regular workday,
Part of the problem is senders who copy messages too widely and are
For Grace, relief from her e-mail addiction means she is not checking
She said she has let her colleagues know that if they need to reach
"I told them, 'If you need me urgently, pick up the phone,"' she said.
Copyright 2007 Reuters Limited.
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