Posted Under: Email Overload,Email Productivity Tips and Solutions,Information Overload,Productivity,Tips
Our last post showed that the average emailer checks his or her inbox 70 times a day… Frankly, I think this is ridiculous. But aside from that, consider this:
If you want to have the advantage over the competition, other workers, and basically in life, you can have by just checking your inbox less!
Not to sound like a broken record, but the more you allow email to interrupt you, the less you’ll get done. It takes time to recover from each one of those 70 interruptions (not counting handling those email messages.) While 10 interruptions an hour may not seem like much, it is.
The average person takes an average of 4 minutes to recover from any interruption, so if you’re the average worker, you could be spending 280 minutes daily recovering from all that email checking!!!
We recommend checking email 5 times daily. Thats it.
If you can’t fathom that, try once an hour. You’ll enjoy how much you get accomplished. You’ll enjoy even more the extra time you have to play with your kids. End of soapbox. At least for now.
Let us know how it worked…