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By Ryan Buchanan

"Back away from the laptop," the voice inside my head pleaded with my irrational 'addicted to email' self. It was a snowy, clear morning in Central Oregon and I had at least a 1/2 hour before my kids or the rest of my family woke up. It was prime email-checking time. But this time, I fought the urge. I was on vacation and I needed to unplug after a hectic, insanely busy December at work.

An amazing thing happened. I succeeded in not checking my email. Here's how I did it:

1. I kept my laptop closed. An open laptop screen is like the gateway drug to email addiction. Keep it closed. Period.

2. I found a distraction, otherwise known as a healthy activity. A brisk walk accross the meadow with my dog, a lovable but goofy yellow lab.

3. I found another distraction - finishing up a great entrepreneurial book called Small Giants by Bo Burlingham.

4. Have an awesome plan for the day - went skiing at Mt. Bachelor with a friend. We happened to have a bluebird day with 11 inches of dry powder.

5. Stretch, relax, find a hot tub and submerge for an hour, then eat well with friends and family that night.

6. Check email the next morning - don't kid yourself into thinking that you can avoid email forever - this just causes more anxiety of returning to an overwhelming and urgent stack of emails in your inbox.

Ryan Buchanan is the CEO and Founder of eROI

Ryan Buchanan is the CEO and Founder of eROI.
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