3 tips I shared with BBC listeners on handling work emails

Posted on: June 27, 2016

The other week, while travelling between meetings, I got a call from a BBC producer asking if I’d be interviewed on the radio about handling out of hours work emails.

We all know the feeling of being expected to respond 24/7  – it can be extremely stressful, cuts into your personal life and makes you feel like you can never switch off.

Of course I said “Yes” as I love being interviewed in the media and this is a subject close to my heart.

The catch for the interview? I had 15 minutes to prepare! (Being a BBC expert is great training for thinking on your feet).

My top 3 tips:

  • Establish boundaries: set your own time limit for when you are “off duty”
  • Don’t be Superman/woman: avoid being seduced by the drama of being seen to be busy rather than focussing on genuinely purposeful action
  • Know your value: insist on being judged by your results not your availability.

You can listen to the 5 minute BBC interview here (MP3):