In other words, it’s a productivity-killer. And you need your productivity alive and kicking.
To get out from under your inbox, Savara says, try this:
As soon as you get up, work on something important for 30-45 minutes, and only then check [your e-mail]. If you can stand it, wait even longer. Some days I don’t check e-mail at all until after lunch.
And you know what? As long as you’re ignorant of everything else that’s going on outside, you can concentrate on what you want to work on.
I’m not saying this will work for everyone, but for me the advice has been solid gold. I always made e-mail my first task of the day, and it was a big one: I spent close to an hour reading, filing, and/or answering mail before I finally started writing–at which point half the morning was gone, and I started stressing about being behind.
Now, however, I don’t fire up Outlook until I’ve written at least one article–maybe even two or three. That way I’ll have a well-earned sense of accomplishment before I deal with the chore that is my inbox.
What are your thoughts? Do you think this method would be helpful to you as well, or do you have too many morning fires that only e-mail can extinguish? Heck, some folks use their inbox as their to-do list, so maybe this approach is downright backwards. Hit the comments and tell me how you make the most of your mornings.