REDUCE EMAILTO IMPROVE HEALTH A GUIDE FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS THE FIRST STEP FOGGY EXPERIMENTS IN BEHAVIOR DESIGN by @ashpodel Inspired by BJ Fogg’s behavior design principles
Q. What’s common between zombies and emails? A. You keep killing them and they never stop coming.Inspired by this article: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/05/arts/television/05zombies.html?_r=0
Email and Health?Heart rate monitors were attached tocomputer users in a suburban oﬃce setting,while software sensors detected how oftenthey switched windows.People who read email changed screenstwice as often and were in a steady “highalert” state, with more constant heart rates.Those removed from email for ﬁve daysexperienced more natural, variable heartrates.From a recent UC Irvine study. Source: http://today.uci.edu/news/2012/05/nr_email_120503.php
Where to Start?Start by deﬁning a crisp target behavior.For example, “I want to check email only twicea day for a maximum of 1 hour each time”.
A Possible Sequence Limit device use Establish designated email time. Establish an “email processing” system* Start by 1 day a week Expand to other days Target crispy behavior * See Inbox Zero and Getting Things Done
FIRST STEP: Limit Device UseStart by reducing the devices you use to check email.
Turn oﬀ push emailGo to your email Set Fetch to Manualsettings and click onFetch New Data
(The brave disconnect their account) Delete account from the ‘Mail’ app. When urgent, you can always go to your mobile browser.
Survive consequent FOMO (Fear of missing out).You are probably scared that you will missout an important urgent email. No matter,survive this fear.It is an experiment.Try this for a week and see if anything fellapart.
Remember:Only do this if this is something you already want to do.
I’d love to know how it goes! If you try this, let me know how it went for you @ashpodelFollow me on @ashpodel as I explore BJ Fogg’s behavior design principles.