Do you control your email?

Our definition of “being productive” is somewhat skewed.

Most people get up in the morning and start checking their email- deleting spam, responding to messages from friends/family, and setting up appointments based on new emails they have received (applies to voicemail as well).

But are these the most pressing concerns of the day? Are these actions going to drive your goals forward (to finding a new job, getting accepted to a graduate school program, etc).?

I’ve witnessed firsthand the failure of this approach. Instead, try a different method. Wake up and write down on a legal pad the 10 things you want to accomplish that day. Now set out getting those things done and check email only once an hour. Doing this will allow you to control your productivity and your email without letting them control you.

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