Our made-up-yet-probably-accurate statistics suggest that 40% of anxiety in life comes from FOMO: fear of missing out. When we’re away from our workdesks for an extended period of time, such as during a weekend, we experience no anxiety until Monday hits, whereby that world of E-mail and business matters once more. One trick to avoiding this FOMO is by letting any and all E-mailers know over the weekend that you’ll catch up with them later via the following automatic reply: “Thank you for your message. I will return to my office on Monday, the Xth of [Month] and look forward to catching up. If there are any urgent matters in the meantime, please contact me at [insert a personal E-mail here].”

Through this process, you rest assured that anyone who truly needs you prior to Monday morning will contact you as needed (but really, if this happens, shame on that individual for letting his/her lack of a personal life bring you down). Anything that couldn’t wait until the start of the week is managed in due time…and you will have missed nothing, allowing yourself both a relaxing weekend and a pleasant slide into the week.

 

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