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Turn Email Checking Into An Event
You don't have to quit checking email, or even achieve inbox zero to reduce the stress it causes in your life (although if you want to, here's how). Instead, resolve to check your email a certain number of times per day, at specified times. Maybe it's once in the morning, and once at 5 p.m., or maybe your inbox requires attendance three or four times per day. The point is to transform email from something that's constantly nagging your attention to something you attend to regularly and periodically — like any chore.
Set A Timer
To accomplish this new email checking habit, you can set an alarm to remind you when it's time check your email. You can also set a timer so you only spend a certain amount of time on the task. We recommend bouts in the 15 to 30 minute time frame, but if you limit your inbox perusal to just once per day, you may want to allot up to an hour.
Banish Disruptive Notifications
That 2 a.m. email from your coworker? You don't need that interrupting your ZZZ's. It can wait till morning, and you'll have better ideas to contribute if you've had a solid night's sleep. Ensure unwanted notifications don't wake your slumber by turning on Do Not Disturb.
You can set specific hours (we've set ours from 12 to 5 a.m.), and within that time frame, any calls or alerts that arrive while your phone is locked will be silenced. If you're worried about missing something important, you can switch on Repeated Calls. If a contact calls twice within three minutes, the second call will come through — so if your S.O. or BFF is actually in a late night bind, you can still come to the rescue.
You can also turn on Do Not Disturb manually. This is perfect for important meetings, movies, or if you're having dinner with friends or family and don't want to be distracted.
Adding another gadget into your life doesn't have to add complication. A screen-free wearable such as the Misfit Shine 2 (pictured) or the Jawbone UP can be a fantastic way to disconnect from your phone screen, without disconnecting altogether. Chief among their benefits are vibration notifications and alarms. On the Shine 2, you can set various LED or vibration alerts for different types of notifications or contacts. This lets you know what's happening in the digital world, and then you can choose whether to check your phone screen right then, or wait till later.
Both devices also offer a gentler way to wake up. Since they track your sleep, they can wake you up at the most amenable point in your sleep cycle during a specified time frame each morning. Waking up with a gentle wrist vibration is a much nicer way to start the day than a blaring alarm.
Ditch The Late Night Glow
Sleep is incredibly important to your overall well-being. And one of the easiest ways to interrupt your circadian schedule is by shoving a super bright phone or laptop screen in front of your face. Avoid looking at your phone right before bed, and ideally, you want to avoid looking at bright screens for several hours before bed in order to maximize sleepy vibes each night.