Maybe you have gotten one of these emails, but this was my first one. It popped up today in my email in-box. Apparently it analyzes my meeting calendar, email activity, scheduled calls, etc. outside of regular working hours. It informs me that I have worked every evening and weekend for the past month. As if I am unaware of this fact. COVID-19 is a freaking full time job all by itself – never mind keeping up with your actual job. Has ANYONE had a break in a month?

And in case you were dying to know – 78% of my time away from the office is spent managing email and 14% in meetings (outside of working hours).

I didn’t get a Fitbit when my colleagues got them, because I didn’t need a device to tell me that I suck at just being me. But now I have emails telling me that I spend too much time handling email. It appears I can fix this by setting my work day at 23 hours per day and my work week at 7 days a week. Then I will no longer be working “outside of working hours” – and this should improve my Well-being report. And that will make me feel so much better…

Dr. Fife sees patients at the CHI St. Luke's Hospital Wound Clinic in The Woodlands, Texas. For an appointment call (936) 266-2150.

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