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email first thing in the morning ?

If you are like me or like everyone else, the first thing you do in the morning most likely is: checking and dealing with your emails.

That’s probably a work pattern we better should give up, as has been discussed in this Lifehacker article: “Why You Should Skip Email First Thing in the Morning”.

Morning is the time when you come to work fresh and hopefully relaxed. It is the time when your energy level should be much higher than troughout the end of the day. It is the time where you should have the power to do more valuable work then juggling your emails. Like doing a design, collecting ideas, thinking about a solution to a problem, doing some other real work, or simply reading something or learn something new.
This is the time to do focused, strategic work and have important conversations. If you read your email as you get up, your mind will get sidetracked and you'll begin the slide toward reactive leadership.

6 blog comments below

Interesting article but a little impractical for me. Most of everything at work happens with e-mails and it is expected that everyone checks their e-mails first thing in the morning. If not, everyone will probably phone one another to remind one another that there is an important e-mail to attend to. So may just as well get all of that out of the way so one can concentrate on one's to-do list for the day.

My creativity usually happens first thing in the morning when I open my eyes and think of the important things that have to be attended to, and visualizing the steps I'll be following to see them through. I do sometimes get sidetracted with e-mails when a curve ball comes my way, but by the time I get to my e-mails, I have a to-do list that transcends the e-mails - like there is a sense of urgency that gets me through the e-mails in a focused way. On the odd bad day, when the curve ball arrives, my whole to-do list can fly out of the window, but I guess nothing is perfectly under control ever. For me however the e-mails first thing in the morning are essential.
deanhills on Wed Mar 08, 2017 12:41 am
I guess this is somehow true for everyone, deanhills. E-Mails are an essential tool for most of us doing their daily work.
amagard on Wed Mar 08, 2017 3:07 pm
I must check my emails first thing in the morning to look for new product orders and engineering work changes from overseas customers.
standready on Wed Mar 08, 2017 4:49 pm
The article is pretty presumptive, which makes it kinda BS Razz Productivity is a very personal sort of topic; the timing of productivity peaks and valleys can differ wildly from person to person, differing by several hours. I, for example, am not a morning person... I'm not at my most creative or energetic, I'm not particularly fresh, nor mentally geared up; that doesn't hit me until nearly 9pm most days! Of course, at my creative peak, I'm not at work anymore Razz During the work day, it's not until about 10:30-11:00 am, and again around 3:00pm. Generally my 8:30-10:00 office work time is spent kind of spooling up my focus and energy - I get things done, but I tend to work on multiple small things rather than something that requires more attention/focus/attention/creativity. Emails are great to move off my plate during this less focused mental space.

Of course, when I'm doing field work, life is a little different, generally my only office time is at the very start and end of the day, so if I'm going to deal with email, it has to be then... you can't deal with email when you're in the middle of the woods, on a lake, or bog Razz
Ankhanu on Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:04 pm
Ankhanu, You're kidding! There is no email in the bog? Laughing Then how is it possible to have email in the 'cloud' above the bog? Twisted Evil
standready on Thu Mar 09, 2017 6:55 pm
Well, some of our bogs have cellular connections... but not all of them Smile
Ankhanu on Thu Mar 09, 2017 7:31 pm

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