What is the first think you do when you set down at your computer?
I’m only guessing, but I think most of us check our email. My goal over the last month and moving forward is to change this habit.
It sucks the time right out of my morning. It’s too easy to get distracted with non productive emails and the last thing I need in my morning is to be unproductive. I first realized I had a problem when every time I opened my web browser I would automatically and without thought type in my email site… even if I opened the browser to do something else.
Does this happen to you?
So I’ve started the no email first thing in the morning rule – quitting cold turkey has not been easy. Email has been my crutch, the thing I could count on to give me “something” to do when I didn’t want to do anything else. Now the first thing I do in the morning is create a marketing piece, whether it’s sales copy, a blog post, or a video I’m starting every day creating something and putting it out into the world. It was just the kind of activity that puts my motivation in to hyper drive and really sets the tone for the rest of the day.
As luck would have it I discovered two wonderful side effects to the no email first thing in the morning rule.
- Saves Time. I couldn’t believe how much time I could save by letting the emails queue up and only answering them a few times a day.
- We Control the Distractions. Especially in the early stages of building a business, it’s easy to have that feeling of needing to be on top of everything, then it becomes a habit… changing how I used email allowed me to take control of my distractions… and gain a little power as well!
Time management is a key skill when working from home… the very idea of working out of the house brings up ideas of multi-tasking and having your cake and eating it too. From email, to the television and of course laundry there are plenty of distractions for the work from home professional.
I encourage you to try the no email first thing in the morning rule and see how it changes your productivity… I would love to know if it works for you and the challenges you faced breaking the habit.
To Your Financial Health!