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Could you limit yourself to only checking e-mail twice a day?

Back in May... I blogged about the power of saying "No!"

That sparked some discussions around coming up with a list of things to say "No" to. 

Why?  Well... by saying "No" to some things... you might be freed up to say "Yes" to more of the really important things in your work-life and your life-life.

Well... Tim Ferriss (author of the book 4-Hour Workweek) recently blogged about his "Not-to-do" list.Email_3

He has some excellent... but at-times harsh... suggestions.  Here are a few examples:

1. Do not answer calls from unrecognized phone numbers.

4. Do not let people ramble

6. Do not over-communicate with low-profit, high-maintenance customers

(See them all by clicking here)

I have to say that I really like a lot of his suggestions but the one that stands out for me... is his tip on checking e-mail.

Tim suggests not constantly checking your e-mail... but instead he suggests "batching" it and checking it only at 1 or 2 set times during each day. 

I like this concept because even though you can get some immediate satisfaction from knocking out e-mails throughout your day... it can quickly become a distraction that can eat up vital time that needs to be used for more important to-do's.

So... what do you think?  How might limiting your yourself to only checking e-mail once or twice a day... help you to manage your time better throughout the rest of the day?

What do you think?  Is it realistic?  Would it be worth a try?

Would it allow you to say "Yes" to the good stuff more often?

Click "comments" and jump in the conversation. 

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Thanks for sharing the list. The tips from Ferriss are excellent. I am going to give "batching" my email a try. I am often guilty of responding directly to incoming emails.

Rush

Mitch,

Thanks for a great post. I have been experimenting with batching (email, errands, phone calls, etc.).

It's funny - I found myself in email withdrawal at times, and occasionally the people I correspond with expect an immediate response. It's all a balancing act!

Sandy

p.s.

oh yeah, and when you lose contact because the service is sporadic when traveling, it's easier to withdraw and enjoy life without that constant technology connection.

Sandy

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