According to Forbes magazine, most of us are spending more than one-quarter of our working week just answering or dealing with email. And that’s just email. Then there are the text messages, the telephone calls, and the time spent on social media sites like Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube, and LinkedIn…
Given how much time we spend online, it’s a wonder anyone gets anything else done at all. Add children, a relationship, a dog, a job, laundry, cooking, cleaning, paying bills, filling up the car, grocery shopping, filing, blogging, a hobby, exercising, spending time with friends and family, and trying to find some time to read a book into the equation and truly, it’s no wonder we are all fried and frazzled. And unproductive.
A friend of mine recently brought up the topic of over-communication – that is – the business of people emailing, then re-emailing to find out why you haven’t answered within twenty minutes, then texting, then sending a message on Facebook or leaving a telephone message – all about the same thing. Often the same banal thing.
We’ve all been the victim of this kind of behaviour. But my friend has five children and she owns a busy six-day-a-week business. Imagine her life. Imagine the volume of email involved in running your own full-time business with hundreds of clients, a stack of staff, and dozens of suppliers. And then factor in five children. And then imagine people emailing to ask why they don’t have an answer to a question they asked twenty minutes previously. Over-communication – the new bane of our existence.
If you’re not careful half a day goes by and all you’ve done is answer and sort emails. It makes no sense. We are all over-communicating all the time and because of that, we’re not accomplishing much more important, meaningful things. The same Forbes article that states that we are spending at least 28% of our work week on email – also suggests nine email productivity tips to get your life back. These include unsubscribing from everything unnecessary (not this blog, of course!), answering only the emails that require an answer, allocating a set amount of time for reading and answering emails, and using filters, etc. If you want to see the whole article click here. I’d like to add two more things – don’t give out your email address unless you need to (why do stores keep asking me for my email address?) and keep your email answers as short and polite as possible.
So it only seems fair, given the time we’re all spending online, that I stop talking, and fill you in on this gorgeous, incredibly fast dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan mousse that my eldest daughter recently made for a family dinner. It’s healthy, tasty, and suitable for almost any dietary restriction. It’s also a breeze to make. If you want to go crazy – pour Kahlua on top. And ignore your email. Do something meaningful instead.
Dairy-free chocolate mousse
- 2 cans coconut milk, well-chilled for several hours or preferably longer
- 6 tbsp cocoa
- 3-4 tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
- fresh raspberries, white chocolate pieces, grated chocolate, etc. to serve
Open the cans of coconut milk and scoop the thickened coconut cream off the top into a large bowl. (Save the remainder for making something else like a Thai curry – you can freeze this quite successfully.)
On medium or low-speed, whip the coconut cream, adding in the cocoa, honey, and vanilla extract. Once the ingredients are well mixed, whip on high-speed until the mixture resembles stiffly whipped whipping cream.
Spoon into glasses and garnish as desired.