How can people adapt Yesterbox if they don't have a super-senior position at work? What if your boss expects you to respond immediately to his email messages?
I would just ask your boss what the expectations are. The Yesterbox technique doesn't say don't respond to any emails that come in today. It just says if it can wait 48 hours without causing harm, then don't answer it today.
But it's up to you how to define harm. The other technique that I've found helpful is simply asking people to text me if there's a time-sensitive email that i need to respond to.
What do you suggest for people who maybe don't work in an office and are looking at a smartphone, and therefore tempted to constantly watch the stream of emails coming in? How can they manage that temptation?
I would just set designated times to check email, or conversely, set designated times to be off email. Dedicate an hour to fully focus on spending time with your child for example, or dedicate an hour to reading a book without interruption.
When I watch movies, whether in the theater or at home, I generally try not to check my phone.
Once you've tackled your Yesterbox (assuming you finish in the morning), how often during the day do you think someone should look at their email?
I don't think there's any universal answer, and the answer is probably situational.
The way I think about it is what else could you be doing with your time or energy instead? If you're waiting in line at the DMV and you'd otherwise just be bored with nothing else to do, then checking email can help alleviate the boredom.
But if constantly checking your phone is preventing you from fully engaging with another activity, whether it's a social activity, or reading, or anything that requires deep thinking, then maybe you should check your email or phone less frequently.
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