Taking Charge of Your Email
Many of us are using email and texting as a tool for social and work related communication. While these tools can be very effective they also require some level of personal management. Remember, ‘stimulation is my friend’. Email and texting can be effective, quick, entertaining AND it can be a major distraction from other, potentially more important tasks and responsibilities.
Here are a few of Coach Rudy’s tips for ADHD Self Management:
- I generally find it important to schedule your email time.
- Turn on your email only during your scheduled times.
- Keep your email turned off during all other times.
- Use mindfulness bells to help monitor your email use.
- Avoid texting while driving, walking and multi-tasking
Here are some ways to use e-mail to your advantage (source: Stephanie Moulton Sarkis, PhD, author of “10 Simple solutions to Adult ADD”).
- Keep questions in your emails to a yes-or-no format.
- If you receive an email that asks you detailed questions, type your answers in a different font color directly after the original questions.
- Unsubscribe from mass mailings you do not read. Usually, there is an “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of the email.
- Schedule a time to answer your email. Enforce a time limit on your email use.
- Send yourself an email to remind yourself of important information for the next day.
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