No Email Before Noon

EmailA few weeks ago, Shawanda from You Have More Than You Think shared a wonderful productivity tip. You can’t check your email until noon. In theory, you’ll be more productive with your morning hours. I’ve been applying this rule to myself and I do feel more productive. I still need to check my work emails, but personal and blog related emails have to wait till noon. I’m more focused on my day job tasks. I admit sometimes I do crave a look so I can escape from my daily grind. But shifting email checking till noon, makes me work hard through the morning to claim my reward when the clock strikes 12. During lunch, I hit any email duties with high energy and speed. I then shift back into work mode for a bit and then blend the two till the end of the day.

What is your favorite productivity tip?

Stay Inspired!
Buck

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16 Responses

  1. Money Beagle says:

    That’s not a bad idea. My personal favorite is to make a list of everything I want to do and cross things off, keeping a running total of the number of things accomplished. Seeing more and more things crossed off is a great way to motivate myself to get even more done.

  2. Arlee Bird says:

    Productivity? What’s that?

  3. krantcents says:

    Always have a to do list that ties into your goals and keep it in front of you. It keeps you focused.

  4. I have also started checking my emails during lunch, and it has definitely increased my productivity at work. By doing this, I stay focused on my tasks and get to finish it faster. Another productivity tip I like to share is: Give yourself 3 “must-complete” tasks at work everyday. This would definitely boost your productivity. I tend to take short breaks between tasks to give my mind a little rest before proceeding to the next.

  5. I really like this one. Can you come over and tie my hands up to keep me from checking???? I try and try, and sometimes I actually succeed in waiting.

  6. Pretty the same rules I have. But your e-mail, that I have won a book, was great and I couldn’t wait till noon.

  7. Moneycone says:

    That is a pretty good tip – following up on that can be tricky! 🙂 My productivity tip? I don’t have a smartphone. If the world ends when I’m not in front of my computer, I would be the last one to know. 🙁

  8. If you can, work slightly off hours from the majority of your office. I work 7am to 3:30pm in an office that is primarily 8-4:30. Sometimes I come in to an email from my boss sent at 11pm the night before or 5am that morning, but in general, when the office is quiet and there are very few people around, I am my most productive.
    This is especially true as many parts of my job have people stopping in my office and interrupting my work on a regular basis. Having a time of day when I know interruptions will be minimal allows me to focus and just get it done.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Thanks Erin! There were times when my work schedule changed to really early or really late to accommodate a special task. I did find it very relaxing and productive. I knew I would not be disturbed making me focused even more! Awesome tip!

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