There is a frenzy in our computers and on our smartphones and tablets - the endless supply of emails streaming into our inboxes. It takes 10 - 15 minutes to refocus on a project after an email interruption. Multiply that by the 36 times the average worker checks his/her email and we've got a serious time deficiency on our hands. It is time to tame the email frenzy and get back on track.
What to do, what to do? How about WE control the email instead of the email controlling us, like the saying the tail wags the dog vs the other way around? We don't even need fancy technology to do this! Start by setting an "Email Budget".
- How much TIME are you going to spend on email every day?
- At what time will you check your email every day?
- Will you spend 20 minutes 3 times a day?
- Or 30 minutes twice a day?
Don't have any idea how much time email is taking up in your life? Try an app like MyMinutes (IOS) or RescueTime (Android) that run in the background and track your activity. I promise you, it's a real eye opener! I would love to hear from you, too. Take less than 1 minute to add your voice to our poll, and see how much time others are spending on email, too.
Be sure to stop by next week for....Using your Email Budget effectively.