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Posted: Apr 18, 2014

Oh la la! France bans answering emails after work hours

Heart at Work

Need to get a handle on your inbox? Move to France.

French lawmakers just gave us another reason to covet the lifestyle of our neighbor across the pond. In addition to outrageously good food and wine, it offers 35-hour work-weeks and mandatory 6 week vacations for all.

In addition, it can now boast that it protects some unionized employees from overworking by requiring them to “disconnect” once they’ve clocked out for the day. Incroyable!

What do you think you’d need to get more of a grip on your email?

Short of relocating, here are a few ideas that might help create a better balance in your workday:

·      Limit the time you spend on emails and designate an “offline” period of time each day.

·      Assess the emails you receive and remove your name from list-serves and subscriptions you really don’t need—they just add to workday clutter.

·      Whenever possible, deal with emails when you open them, and shrink the number emails in your inbox—just seeing them can bring on a sense of overwhelm.

·      When you feel like you’ll never get to the bottom of your inbox, take a break.

Learn from the French and have a leisurely lunch and come back to work refreshed. Pourquoi pas?

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