When do you first check email in the morning?
How often do you check it after that?
I tend to open up email when I open up my WordPress to write the morning’s blog post. By the time I am at that point in my AM routine I’ve already read & done Headspace’s daily (10 min) meditation, but not much else.
(Side note: I am currently reading A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William Irvine as my morning non-fiction pick. This is my first introduction to Stoicism and it’s interesting!)
I would like to check it . . . even less.
I don’t mind checking in at key points of the day. Sometimes getting to my email in a timely manner has benefits. BUT now that I have eliminated ‘the scroll’ from my life (really, eliminated! I simply don’t do it anymore and it is SO FREEING) sometimes I do feel I check email more than necessary as kind of substitute. And diving into that world frequently – with all of its open loops and such – is sort of silly and unnecessary. It does not result in productivity. It isn’t even particularly fun as I’m more likely to see something stressful in there vs something fun.
I have two emails that I check frequently: gmail (which combines all of my various gmail addresses via forwarding, including the one I share with Josh, the one for this blog, etc) + my work email, which is in outlook. Both tend to be checked probably 3x more frequently than necessary.
I think I am at a place where I can work on this. I don’t have a specific number of times I want to check daily; rather, I’d like to limit checks to a few key times of the day (opening of the day, mid-day, and end of day) OR when I’m ready to actually sit down and answer emails or process them, not just scan them anxiously.
Inbox zero 4eva
I do not plan on changing my inbox zero tendencies but obviously no inbox can stay at zero eternally unless you are sitting in it, which is not my goal. So I will try to continue weekly cleanouts – Sundays on my gmail and Fridays on my work email. Wish me luck!
Also, wish me luck on my mammogram today. Fun . . . this is my 2nd time around though so at least I know what to expect. LOTS of waiting! I’m bringing my laptop to try to audit our June YNAB plus The Great Believers.