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Welcome to the Work Smarter Not Harder Newsletter #73. (25s to read)
If you answer emails when they come in or worse, your desktop notifier alerts you that a new message has arrived in your inbox, you probably need to consider a change.
If you are constantly going to the inbox when you are trying to get a task done, it is going to take you much longer to get that task done. Each email that comes in breaks your attention and it takes time to refocus back on task.
For the average worker this happens 40-50 times a day. This lost focus time is going to add up quickly.
There are a number of solutions to this:
Master your Inbox and see how to use email to save you half an hour a day.
- Batch your email checking and turn off your email alerts.
- Practice the one-touch one-decision rule.
- Clear the inbox of emails each time you check.
Scheduling certain times throughout the day to check email will greatly increase your efficiency. Obviously your job dictates how often you need to check email but the general recommendation is checking email 2-3 times daily for 30 minutes each time.
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