- Posted February 1, 2014 by
Email and OCD Do NOT Mix
OK, let’s get this out of the way first thing. I have some form of OCD I am sure. I like to have everything on my desk at 90-degree angles and all lined up. I have some little tchotchkes (AND I don’t even like that word) that have to sit on my desk just so. The team here at the office likes to play a game on me to see how long I’ll notice my stuff has been moved. To that I say, “well played!”
I know, I know…you’re wondering where I’m going with this. Here’s the deal. Due to my slightly less than extreme OCD, I have an issue with emails.
My problem is this. I don’t like when I get an email notification and the number just sits there waiting for me to click on the email to relieve it of its duties. I know; I can change my settings so that I don’t get notifications but then I’d KNOW I was getting emails and I’d have to go look anyway. This way it’s like my laptop is taunting me with its evil numbers and little ding noise that happens every time I get a new email.
Ignore it, you say…HAHAHA! I laugh at you. You haven’t known me long enough to know that this can never happen. Not only did curiosity kill the cat, but also probably Lisa.
So here’s where it has an effect on my productivity. I MUST stop what I’m doing to look at the email in question and see what it is whether it be junk, stupid stuff or something that actually may require my attention. As you may have figured, that takes at least a couple minutes or so which is JUST enough to make me forget what I was doing prior to checking my email. That leads to me looking around on my computer and kind of wandering a little until I finally remember what it was I was in the middle of.
Sometimes, I even forget that I was doing something and move on to another task, which I’m sure, will be disrupted and forgotten as soon as the next new email comes in.
In extreme cases I do eventually remember what I was doing before and either waiting to send myself a reminder through my phone at the next stop light or waking up in the middle of the night fumbling around looking for a pad of paper and pencil to write up something that will probably look like hieroglyphics the next morning, I eventually go back to it. This sometimes occurs days after...
Listen, everyone has a cross to bear. This is one of mine. AND don’t tell me you can’t sympathize with this because I know some of you out there are nodding your heads right along with me.
I have been in a 12 step program for this “issue” and am proud to say that I only stopped one time during the writing of this post to check my email.
Baby steps, man…baby steps.