Email can be VERY distracting. Is the first thing you do, when you get to the office, is check your email? Do you find yourself checking your email more then once an hour? Do you check your email as an avoidance tactic…”I’ll just quickly check my email before I call/do/write/research…” Do you flag emails, place them in folders or better yet, set up rules so they automatically go into folders – then forget about them?
Todays 4M task is about managing your email. Organizing Guru, Julie Morgenstern, said it quite succinctly:
“E-mail is the biggest time-suck of the modern workday…E-mail plays a leading role in the development of our supremely impatient culture, where everything has to be “now, now, now!” People expect immediate responses, because an immediate response seems possible.”
So what would happen if you didn’t check your email first thing in the morning? I am not saying don’t check it at all, I am just suggesting, as per Ms. Morgenstern, not to check in the first hour of your work day.
As Morgenstern argues, if you concentrate on one important task and then only check your email after an hour, you may find that you are more productive.
If you would like to try this little experiment, I invite you to decide at the end of today which important task needs your full attention tomorrow morning. Choose the task that would help you generate revenue in your business and plan to do JUST THAT for an hour tomorrow.
That is the way I started my day and my most important task today was to work on on a few blog posts…go figured, it worked for me – ‘cause here it is… Did it work for you? Let me know.
Margarita Ibbott is a Professional Organizer, Presenter, Blogger, Social Media Trainer, wife and mother of three. She brings order to people, places and things and then blogs about it.