Save Emails for Later

Today’s Highly-Effective Productivity Hack: save email for later.

Those early hours at work are often the best for giving your day a productive start. So why do most of us start our day with reading emails?

Focusing on email makes you concentrate on responding to others’ messages instead of acting on our own ideas. It seems sensible to read missed messages from the night before, but starting the day with email can put you on a slippery slope towards distraction.

If it’s crucial you check email first thing in the morning, set a time limit. Spending a predetermined amount of time answering messages will keep you organized, focused, and aware of how you’re spending your day.