One Tip That Saves Me Hours a Week

One Tip That Saves Me Hours a Week

One thing that happens on my computer is I tend to check my email too often. It’s almost addictive. (And if you’ve been on Twitter, that’s even worse.) Do any of you do that? (Or maybe, worse, you have email coming in all day long with a little bell sounding because you have it set up to automatically check every five minutes.)

It only takes a second, but all of the distractions add up. The stats are crazy on this: we’re interrupted every 10-15 minutes, but the worst part is it takes us nearly an hour every time we’re interrupted to get back on task. The cost of checking my email so much is really higher than I want to admit.

So my one tip is to keep your Outlook or mail application closed all day long except for three times: 10:00, 2:00 and 4:00 like the Dr. Pepper commercial from the 1970s. OK now I am really dating myself!

Imagine how much you would get done if you did this one thing. (Kudos to you if you’ve figured this out earlier than I have!) I started this two weeks ago and my productivity has soared.

Give this a try and let me know what you think.