I regularly draw the ire of my employees when I tell them that email is not work. I’m poorly wording my message, but the intent is clear. Constantly checking for new emails, and responding to them stops one from being productive. Though I’ve known this for a while, someone from Harvard is now backing me up! Dorie Clark of HBR (Harvard Business Review) gives us 5 habits to help us in 2012. Full article here.
The quick hit list (though I recommend reading the full article)
- Don’t check for new emails more often than every 90 minutes
- Don’t continue to perform a habit, just because
- Dispose of things which are no longer adding value
- Make sure the work you win, is the work you want
- Keep it simple!