Does this sound familiar? You sit down to get some work done. You open up your browser and your word processor and you’re going to get some writing done. Before you get started you check your email and social media in case anything important came in. You answer an email or two, read one about a new blog post someone posted, and you click over. You read the blog post and it was pretty great so you tweet it out. You close out of all of that and open up your WordPress panel so you can start typing up a blog post. Well, might as well check email again real quick. I don’t want a customer to be waiting because I spent an hour working on a blog post and didn’t check for it.
So, does that sound familiar? I know I fall victim to the never ending email and social media loop. In fact, it’s probably the biggest time sink of my entire workday day after day after day. I’ve tried everything. I’ve forwarded my email to one account. I’ve set up TweetDeck so I can check all of my Twitter accounts at once. (I have one for each of my three blogs.) I’ve tried setting up specific times to check it. I always end up feeling like I need to make sure everything is okay though!
It seems like every day I encounter this same issue and every day I fight it. It’s driving me crazy! Today I’m saying enough is enough. Here are some of the things I’m doing to at least make it take up LESS of my time.
- I took all of the emails in my inbox and moved them to an “archive” folder. I don’t want to take the time to go through and delete ones I don’t need so I’m move them all and use the “search” feature if I need to find an important old email. This gives me a clean inbox on my different email accounts.
- As emails come in I’ll unsubscribe from all but a small handful of lists. I bookmark RSS feeds to keep up on blogs so I don’t need to be signed up for nearly as many lists as I am. I use one email for keeping up with PLR releases so I’ll be unsubscribing from any non-PLR lists on that email.
- I’ll be using a tool to track my internet usage to see exactly how much time I spend on email. I’m sure seeing the number will help me fight the urge to constantly check it.
- I have all of my customer support and reader emails going to one email address. The other ones will only be checked when I wake up and after I’m done with my work.
Do you have this problem too? What steps have you taken towards avoiding it? Leave a comment below.