Do you know how much time we waste, mindlessly clicking the refresh button on our email accounts throughout the day? If you’re serious about reclaiming that time, focus, and peace – then here’s how to really stick to it. By the way, some experts say it takes about 21 days to establish a habit. So give yourself three weeks and your obsession should be a thing of the past. (Same goes for Facebook and Google News, etc).
- Set aside time each day (set a timer at first if you like) for checking email. You can set aside as much time as you need in one block, such as an hour, or disperse sessions throughout the day – but no more than three times per day.
- Disable push notifications. This is a given. Those constant dings make it impossible to not check your inbox.
- Delete your email account from your mobile phone. This is a last resort for the truly addicted, since many of us rely on our smart phones to make efficient use of our time during a commute (by bus or train of course, not while driving) by answering emails. Still, removing email access from your phone in turn makes you less addicted to your phone, which makes you more aware of the real world around you, instead of the virtual world on your screen.
- Don’t fall for the guilt trip. Many people will wonder why you’re not suddenly not available 24-7 via email. As long as you’re productive, you have every right not to be. Naturally, exceptions apply when you’re anticipating an important or time-sensitive email. But other times, if the matter is dire, he or she can always call.