Myra Faye Turner, Writer
Writers write. But sometimes we procrastinate. I'm easily distracted by shiny objects, noise outside my window, the humming of the refrigerator and a million other things. One of my greatest distractions is checking my email constantly. As a result, I can easily waste precious hours each day- time better spent working - checking my email. After some false starts, I finally came up with a plan to keep my email obsession to a minimum. If you come closer, I'll share a tip with you.
Check your email less often- sounds obvious and easy to do, but I admit, I was obsessively checking my email, at least once an hour if not more. If I received notification that I had a message, I always checked it. I reasoned that an editor or potential client might be trying to contact me about a job and if they couldn't reach me they would simply move on to the next writer on their list. I realized that was ridiculous and most people don't expect you to respond so quickly. Furthermore, if anyone needs me right away, they can call or text me.
So now, I check my email less often. I've gotten it down to three times a day. I give a cursory look when I sit down to work. I read the important messages only. I delete all spam and same the less important emails for
later. Round two, I once again, check for important messages and clean out all spam. I usually, wait at least
four hours from the first time I checked before I check again. The last round of the day, I check important
messages first, clean out the spam and then read all of the other non-urgent messages (newsletters, sales
solicitations, etc.). The last check is normally about 3-4 hours after the second check.
During each check, I also send any messages that I need to send and of course, reply to messages. Using this method, I have finally gained some control over my obsession with checking my email messages.
Once you get your need to stop checking your messages, the next step is to gain some control over the clutter in your inbox. But that's another blog for another day.