Does spending too long dealing with email affect our well-being? A young friend of mine said they needed to see an osteopath because of reading their emails on their laptop while sitting on an office sofa. The employer paid for about three months of physiotherapy and osteopathy back treatment. Studies over the past decade, link the rise in musculoskeletal disease to the increased time we spend working at our computers. In 2013 it was estimated that in the UK businesses lost about 30 million days through musculoskeletal related illness such as chronic back, lower limb, wrist and hand problems.
‘Text neck’ is a phrased coined recently to describe the neck pain many suffer as a result of the neck disorders caused by hanging the head while using a mobile device (be it to text, email, post on social media, etc). Eyes too become strained and fatigued with prolonged looking at a screen, which can result in headaches and deteriorating vision and eye infections. I want to get old gracefully.
I want to have good posture, I want to be healthy and be an example to my children.
Improve your performance by keeping your whole body energized
Here are ten top tips drawn from talking to a range of medical and related experts (such as physiotherapists, orthopaedic specialists and ophthalmic consultants) to keep you at peak performance and ultimately save time whilst dealing with email (and indeed any technology related task).
Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.
~ Theodore Roosevelt
In a work and social culture where many are time poor it is all too easy to sit at the computer dealing with emails and forget to look up and take that all important break. These are just a few of the ways to improve your well-being and performance in the always available and connected society in which many of us live.
About the Author
Dr Monica Seeley is the CEO and founder of Mesmo Consultancy. She is a leading international expert on email best practice. Her acclaimed workshops enable participants to reclaim their lives from the inbox and save up to 45 minutes a day (every working day) through managing their use of email more efficiently. Monica is author of Brilliant Email and The Executive Secretary Guide to Taking Control of Your Inbox.
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