Your email addiction is killing you!

I know, you have to check your email again. There might be SOMETHING really good in there, so you HAVE to stay sitting there with your neck stretched out and your shoulders rounded. If you’ve been trying to snap your addiction to email for your posture and productivity’s sake, Google’s got a fantastic tool for you.

According to some doctors, 11 million Americans have email addictions that interfere with their lives. It happens to all of us, and it’s definitely something I struggle with!  Enter Google Labs and the new Take a break! feature.

When you activate the Take a break! feature, Google actually locks you out of your email for 15 minutes so that you can “Take a walk, get some real work done, or have a snack.”

To get access to the Take a break! feature, log into your Gmail account (as if you aren’t already), go to settings, and then click on Labs.  You’ll find a list of cool little productivity tools and Take a break will be one of them.  Once you’ve activated it, go back to your Gmail inbox.  At the top right, you’ll see a link next to your name that says “Take a break.”  Click that and you’ll be locked out for 15 glorious minutes from your email!

For those of you without Gmail, there’s an old-fashioned workaround: get someone to stand behind you all day and monitor what you’re doing.

Do you have a better idea of how to break the email addiction that leads to forward-head posture?  If so, leave your comment below!


About the Author

Matt Hsu is a trainer and orthopedic massage therapist. He fought a long battle with chronic pain all over his body and won. He blends the principles he learned in his journey, empirical observations with clients, and relevant research to help others get their lives back.