It’s honestly not helping you focus. If you find yourself checking your email every ten minutes so you can respond laser fast, it’s probably interrupting the productive work-day you could be having.
You might think that responding to your boss in record time means you are super attentive at work, but it can also show that you have nothing else better to do. You should never allow yourself to become a puppet to your notifications. You control them. Not vice versa.
Here’s a challenge for you to break the habit of checking email:
- Give yourself two scheduled times to check email during your workday. You pick when that is. Try not to spend more than 20 minutes in your inbox reading messages and responding. (Of course, this varies with occupation, but the point still stands.) If you prefer the beginning and end of the work day, then write that in your planner.
- Each time after you check your email, close the tab where you pulled up your inbox entirely. If you typically leave email open on your computer, this can help take away the urge to check.
- Lastly, make sure your email notifications are turned off. If that feels too scary, here’s a friendly reminder: If someone is trying to contact you for something urgent, they can call you. Email is not text. You shouldn’t have to feel tied to the instant notifications.
We’d love to hear if this challenge helped you focus more throughout the day. Drop us an email and let us know your experience.