Have you ever lamented the fact that you seem to spend your entire working life up to your neck in email threads, the majority of which you don’t really need to be in?
What if I said that you could ditch this way of working for good? What if I said it’ll have no impact on those emailing you? And what if I said you’ll be more productive, more efficient and more effective as a result?
At the start of September I returned from a couple of weeks in France with a new-found determination to change my working life for the better. I implemented several new working practices focused on eliminating the ‘stuff’ that we all do that contributes absolutely nothing to the bottom line. Pointless meetings, needless travel, conference calls where you make little contribution, hours spent reading emails you don’t need to read…you know the sort of thing.
Among these new practices are two that have had a major impact on me. The first is turning off the majority of notifications on my mobile, and the second is checking my email no more than two or three times per day. The amount of time I have saved with these two initiatives alone is incredible, and as a result I’m more productive and I’m producing higher quality work. [Read more…]