I used to find it relaxing to check e-mail before bed. There wouldn’t be anything there, or there would be things from friends, or sometimes there would be work things that I could ignore until the next day.
Trying to transition to a faculty position has shown me over and over again that checking e-mail right before bed is a terrible idea, but unfortunately that hasn’t helped me break that habit. Right now, I am awake an hour after I decided to go to bed because I found a lovely message in my inbox from someone who is trying to help me set things up at my new job. It really is quite a lovely thing that my colleague is doing for me, but seeing that e-mail at the end of the day made me feel overwhelmed by the amount of things that I need to do to have a functioning lab. So I’m still awake and feeling overwhelmed because I’m stupid about e-mail.
Is anyone reading this? If so, do you feel like sharing your e-mail habits/horror stories/strategies in the comments? I would love some blog company!