Fifth Key To An Effective Day

Email Organization

#5: Don’t Let the Email Monster Eat the Heart of Your Day!

Studies and first-hand reports show huge productivity gains when email is put in its place–later in the day. (And for goodness sake, turn off the dinger!) Start with your prime Focus time, and do what is really important to move your business and your life forward.

If you are very disciplined, you may take a quick peek to see if there is anything that is a day-changer (such as the time of an appointment–even though time sensitive information is better delivered by phone or text than email). But that is dangerous territory, because it is so easy to get sucked into email. Set a timer for 5 minutes to “wake” you.


At the beginning of each work day, I have about a 10-minute window of time when I check email, dash off a few quick replies, and delete as needed. But that is a contained, limited period of time, before my regular office hours begin.


Beware the email monster–don’t let it eat the heart of your day! Julie Morgenstern, who has been an organizing and productivity consultant for Oprah (and a personal mentor of mine), wrote a book entitled Never Check E-mail in the Morning. We should all take that seriously and be wise.


Summary of the 5 Keys to An Effective Day:

  1. Prepare your mindset –
  2. Identify your top priorities –
  3. Block out time –
  4. Focus
  5. Keep email in its place!

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Now enjoy your Effective Day!

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