"You know you're an e-mail addict when … you check your e-mail. It says 'No new messages.' So you check it again." So goes one of those oft-circulated Internet jokes. But it's not so funny if you're one of the afflicted.
Now, there's new hope for e-mail junkies. Marsha Egan, an e-mail productivity expert and CEO of Egan Email Solutions, has developed a 12-step program for battling e-mail addiction.
"E-mail addiction is an unseen productivity blocker," says Egan. "While email has allowed all of us to communicate faster and spread incredible amounts of information, it also adds an immense amount of work to most people's already hectic lives. Now, we have become a nation so reliant on e-mail that if our Internet connection shuts down for an hour, we feel lost, unable to accomplish anything."
So how do you go about kicking the habit? The first step, of course, is to admit that you have a problem. As for what to do next, Egan offers the following tips:
For more on the 12-step E-ddiction Detox program, visit www.eganemailsolutions.com.