The Why: One of the things we are trying to accomplish this year is more intentionality in how we spend our time. We want to be purposeful about where the minutes in our days go, and we want to be more present to those around us.
This is hard for a busy mama. I am so accustomed to doing two or more things at once. The problem is that my activities often suffer a little bit from not having my complete attention. My e-mail inbox is a good example of that.
My e-mail inbox is one of the tabs set to open every time I open my browser. Which means that even if I'm just turning on my computer to look up a recipe for dinner or check the weather report, I always have that little tab telling me whether or not there are any new e-mails to attend to. And more often than not, there are. But instead of waiting for a time when I can deal with the e-mail properly, I quickly skim it, and often mark it as unread so that I don't forget to deal with it later.
This is not only hugely inefficient, but also a whole lot of mind clutter! It's like I'm inviting my work into every part of my day!
The How: I am setting up two times a day to check my e-mail; once in the morning, and once during our afternoon quiet time. I've removed my e-mail account from my homepage tabs, so that it no longer automatically loads when I open my browser.I have to actually go to my e-mail to check my e-mail.
This way I will only be dealing with e-mails when I have time to respond to them and archive them appropriately.
The Verdict: I already feel more free! And I believe that by scheduling times for tending to e-mails I will become better at promptly and efficiently doing so.
I considered having a third e-mail time in the evening, but I've decided that since the evening is when Luke and I spend our time together, e-mails can wait for the morning.
And finally, I have one less thing to procrastinate with when I should be working on something else. For example, I wrote this entire blog post without once drifting over to my inbox... I think I just made personal history!
Do you have a scheduled e-mail time?
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