Do you ever get caught in email loops?

Where you’re momentarily bored (or need a displacement activity), and check your email.  Where you need to answer a question, so you do some web research.  Whereupon you check your personal webmail account, since you’re there anyway.  And someone sent pictures of their latest conference, so you look at those.  Anyway, you get the research done and answer the question – but you’ve come up with a better idea and email someone else your new idea for vetting.

By then, it’s time to check your email again, to see if anyone else has commented on the open question, and look – there’s another topic to get involved in.

Wouldn’t having a DND (Do Not Disturb) setting on email be a great feature?  Just set it ‘on’ at 10am for 2 hours after you’ve answered the morning’s mail.  Nothing gets delivered – no matter how many times you hit Refresh – until noon, allowing 2 uninterrupted hours of work.

Darn, the DND feature doesn’t work with your webmail account.  Hmmm.  I’ve been reading this blog for a while – better go and check my email to see if anything needs doing.

One thought on “Do you ever get caught in email loops?

  1. DND on email exists. It’s just discipline. 🙂 Hard to come by.
    I’m a slave to my refresh key. Fortunately I’m also good at interrupt driven productivity.
    It’s hard for me to get lost in the net these days. I remember when it was younger there were always random links to explore. I guess that died when the net became 95% porn. I have the daily sites I check, but when I’m bored, I can’t find anything beyond them that’s interesting. Even random articles on wikipedia gets boring after too many defintion of alternatives for scoring cricket games…

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