This is #4 out of 25 Tips to Become More Productive and Happy at Work.
Don’t Check Email First Thing. Unless this is required in your job, then let it go until after you’ve completed your top priority of the day. And then process email in batches, say two or three times a day.
This makes sense. I would feel very happy if I could knock out my day’s top priority before checking email. Unfortunately, I often feel like I have about 10 things to do in a day that are all labeled “Top Priority.” By working at them all a little at the time throughout the day, I generally finish enough of them to feel satisfied.
How do you manage your email? Do you really feel like wading through email each day decreases your contentment or productivity? Do you have any suggestions for alternatives?