Are your morning productive until you check your email?
I got this question while at the National Collegiate Recruiting Conference last week and I wanted to share my answer with all of you.
“Mandy, my mornings are always super productive until I start answering emails. Then everything falls apart. What should I do?”
I get it. You feel obligated to answer email.
But do you really have to?
Eventually maybe, yes. But I encourage you to delay checking your email as late as possible into your day.
Protect your morning magic time at all costs and never allow it to be interrupted by emails (turn notifications OFF!)
It’s no surprise your productivity ends when you open your email…
The second you start responding to emails your brain switches out of “proactive” mode… and into “reactive” mode.
When you’re reacting to other people’s demands, emotions, and minor emergencies…
It’s impossible to focus on your real priorities or do any type of big thinking about your program or with your recruiting.
If you find you’re unable to stay out of your inbox until at least 10 or 11am…
Ask yourself these questions:
How many situations actually exist that require an immediate email response from me?
If I were to reply 2 or 3 hours later… would there be any serious negative consequence?
If it were that important, could I not be reached by phone?
When you do start opening and replying to your emails at —gasp!— 12pm or even 1…
You’ll most likely find it has ZERO negative effect on your work.
But I can virtually guarantee you’ll start getting a whole lot more done.
This is a potent strategy that will help sharpen your focus, slash your stress, and boost your productivity.
Try this idea and I guarantee you’ll start noticing the difference right away.
Hope it helps.
To your success,
Founder of Busy Coach
Vice President Tudor Collegiate Strategies