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  • http://www.timokiander.com/ Timo Kiander

    Jeremy,

    Great tips!

    I feel that starting your work day by checking your e-mail first is just a habit.

    In the same way, you can teach yourself a new habit – checking the e-mail after working on your important tasks first.

    Cheers,
    Timo

    • http://www.cloudproductivity.net Jeremy Roberts

      Thanks Timo. The challenge is definitely training yourself to avoid email as the first thing in the morning, and it’s a very very tough habit to learn. Habits work best when the “thing” is replaced I think. So, yes, replacing email with actions as the first thing is a great way to start.

      • LiveLoveLaugh

        Unfortunately, changing that habit can be hard when superiors and the wider organization have come to expect an immediate response to email. Setting boundaries with co-workers is one thing, but when the boss wants a response within seconds, it’s a little tricky to manage that expectation.

        But I love the idea of putting email back in the ‘toolbox’, rather than letting it dominate my attention and sap my productivity.

  • http://twitter.com/phdemoulin Philippe Demoulin

    I like the “Auto-Responder” tip… An alternative way to use the responder to increase concentration

    • http://www.cloudproductivity.net/ Jeremy Roberts

      Absolutely! The less you can look at email, the more stuff will get done!

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