I am a big believer in productivity. I want to leverage as much as I can in order to get the best results possible. I want to work with great wisdom. However, with a thousand things coming each day, sometimes it seems impossible to be productuive.
This week, I am experiementing with what could be the most productive thing I have done. This one act has already saved me tons of time this week. I bet it could save you time as well. I have been aware of this concept for some time, but have fought against doing it. This week I put it into practice and I am liking the results. This one simple act could give you more time during the day. It’s a simple practice:
Check your email twice a day.
The latest studies suggest that multi-tasking is less productive than bursts of focused energy. When we check email multiple times a day, we are bouncing around, allowing the email content to dictate our schedule, and wasting times between tasks. I have found that when I batch (and attack) my emails twice per day I can (1) get through them in a timely manner and (2) be more focused on the task at hand.
I have been surprised at how difficult this is to do. Ever few minutes a zap in my brain says “Check your email.” I’m still working through this process, but so far so good. It has allowed my mind to focus entirely on what I am working on at the moment. When I am Life Journaling, studying, or preparing for a sermon, I can put the thoughts of email out of my mind. I know that I have a space in my day where I will check email. I will get to it. Right now I need to focus on the task at hand.
Checking email twice a day is one wise thing I am doing in order to sharpen the axe. What are some things you are doing to work smarter?
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