- Quit launching the mail program at computer startup to make deciding whether to attend to mail first a conscious decision;
- Turned off the new mail sound to avoid auditory distraction while working on other things;
- Decided to turn mail off between sessions, though I'm not sure restarting will save time; if it doesn't I'll hide the mail application between mail checks;
- Decided to monitor how often (and when) I check mail during the day for five working days.
- Decided to check mail routinely every two hours, at: 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00 & 18:00, for now;
- Planned to cut back to 2-3 mail checks a day once I get a handle on opportune times (4., above); &
- Planned to consider "more relaxing or rewarding" alternatives before checking mail.
Monday, March 26, 2007
Breaking email habits (via Tomorrow's Professor)
In Tomorrow's Professor, TP Msg. #783 Seven Tips for Dealing with Email Addiction (March 14, 2007 00:31:36 JST), is a whack of advice for coping with "the most insidious, seductive time-waster we face" - email handling. Below is what I've done or decided to do in response to each of the seven suggestions from Mary McKinney, Ph.D:
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