I often tell my recruiting clients that single-tasking is a
very powerful productivity strategy. That being said, I cannot think of a single thing
that is more disruptive to having this type of laser-like focus than email. If you want
to be super-productive, you will need to withdraw from the sugar high of constant
email checking and get control of this bad habit. Constant checking of email may be one
of the biggest impediments to productivity in your day. It was for me until I decided
on a schedule.
My recommendation would be to check email about once every 3 hours. This will take
discipline and feel strange at first but the payoff will be huge if you use that extra
time to make more calls.
"Batching" your tasks in a few segments during the day,
rather than every 20 or 30 minutes between email breaks pays big dividends in terms of
Think it over: How often are you checking email each day? What is all of that sporadic
activity costing you? What would your productivity look like if you only checked
email every three hours? Are you willing to change this habit and create a new schedule
for yourself right now?