When did you last check your email?
I’d bet it was within the last hour. Quite possibly within the last ten minutes. You might well have your inbox open right now, with message alerts jumping up at you.
Almost everyone I talk to feels that email takes up too much of their time. If you work for an employer, in a traditional office environment, you might have your email open from the moment you get into the office until the moment you shut down your computer at the end of the day.
(And you’ve probably checked email after hours or on the weekends, too.)
If you’re self-employed or work from yourself, it’s probably even worse. You might find yourself worrying about emails during dinner, or when you’re supposed to be having some family time.
The problem isn’t knowing what to do. You’ve read plenty of advice telling you to close the inbox, to avoid checking emails first thing in the day, and to get on with your key tasks first. But are you doing it?
- Take Control of Your Inbox and Get Organized with Taskforce (bloggingtips.com)
- Getting Started | Better Gmail. Turn Gmail into a productivity powerhouse with ActiveInbox (activeinboxhq.com)
- Survey Shows We’re All Checking Email Way Too Often [Email Overload] (lifehacker.com)
- The Worst Email Habits and Annoyances You Should Avoid (or At Least Be Aware Of) [What You Said] (lifehacker.com)
- Keep Track of Sent Email Status with a “Waiting For” Label in Gmail [Gmail Tip] (lifehacker.com)