Simple Wisdom Tip #32: The Single Best Time Management Tip

Increasingly today we are facing an onslaught of email.  It’s taking more and more of our time.  One of our biggest time-wasters is stopping to check email every time a new one comes in rather than only a few times a day.  The best way to prevent this is to turn off the notification sound when a new email arrives.  It’s as simple as that.

The notification is to us what the sound of the gong was to Pavlov’s dog.  We can’t resist finding out who has emailed us.  We even think “it might be good news!”.  Usually it’s not, just more work or a distraction from the important work on which we’re trying to concentrate.  Turn off the sound and get in the habit of responding to email at a few designated times each day.  You’ll get more done and feel more in control.

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