We always feel we can’t squeeze enough hours out of our day, especially when it comes to work. Before you know it, it’s 5 p.m. and your to-do list is hasn’t budged since the morning. Luckily, there’s one easy way to find more time. Business Insider asked three productivity experts which everyday tasks are the biggest time wasters, and they all agreed on the same thing: email.
In other words, if you want to instantly boost your productivity, you should stop checking email in the morning. According to Forbes, 66% of people check their email in the a.m. This is a big no-no. “Your inbox is everyone else’s to-do list for you, aligned to their goals and objectives, not necessarily your goals and objectives,” explains Carson Tate, author of Work Simply. “You are sacrificing one of the most productive periods of your day, the start, when you are fresh, alert, and not yet mentally fatigued to react to what everyone else wants from you versus using your focused energy to advance your goals.”
She suggests forbidding yourself from checking your email first thing; instead, allow some time at the end of the day. It’s not just about checking emails, either. Here’s how to tackle an overflowing inbox, according to experts:
- Stop using email for back-and-forth conversations between groups.
- Pick up the phone whenever possible.
- Use email filters to organize your inbox.
- Limit your inbox-checking to a certain amount of time, preferably toward the end of the day.
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