Time-management pundits are always harping on how we waste time reading 电子邮件s 第一件事 in the morning. I think they’re full of manure.
First of all, a Marketo study found that 58% of people read 电子邮件Â first thing in the morning, manyÂ reading 电子邮件 before they even eat breakfast. Is it just addiction —还是有充分的理由呢？
As a small business owner, I have a HUGE reason for reading 电子邮件 第一件事 in the morning: my customers matter to me more than anything. Most of my clients, students and mentoring group membersÂ communicate with me via 电子邮件, so taking care of their needs 第一件事 in the morning is simply good customer service.
Why do the 时间管理 folks act like 电子邮件 is evil? Because we don’t segregate “important” 电子邮件 from “有机会时请阅读” 电子邮件.
那里’s nothing inherently wrong with reading 电子邮件 first, just like there’每天早上先写您的博客文章，或先做瑜伽，或先做一个大型项目，这没错。您必须选择优先事项，并且必须专注于手头的任务。它’关于目标设定和自律的一切。
- For instance, I do not use my personal 电子邮件 address when signing up for ezines and 电子邮件 newsletters. That way, my personal Inbox doesn’不要挤满不必要的东西 阻止很多垃圾邮件到达我。如果我的个人收件箱中有东西’s because it’s 重要, like an 电子邮件 from a client, student or my business partner. (A colleague told me that she has 2,500 new 电子邮件s each morning. My question to her is: WHY do you allow so many 电子邮件s get into your personal Inbox? They can’可能都具有相同的重要性级别。）
- Another reasonÂ I read 电子邮件 first is that it’是我在工作时间内唯一真正的安静时间。通常手机不会’t start ringing until 9AM and using the pre-phone time to read 电子邮件 allows me to focus.
- I’ve delegated much of my 电子邮件 reading to my business partner who handles any routine customer service questions from people who have bought my ebooks or audio programs, or students who have lost their login ID.
- I quickly scan my new 电子邮件s and only answer those ones that are most urgent. I leave the rest of them for later in the day, after I’我做了其他日常准备工作。
- Finally, I read 电子邮件 first because it’s when I’m the freshest and 聪明est. Do you really want to be writing 电子邮件s when your brain is fuzzy?
If 电子邮件 is an 重要 part of communicating with your customers then go ahead and read it 第一件事. Just pay strict attention to whether you’re keeping focused on the Communicating With Customers task or veering off to read 文章 s, news, jokes, quotations, or watching 您Tube videos of 惊讶的小猫Â instead of doing your work. Set a time limit, say 30 minutes, and get through the most 重要 电子邮件s first.
类别： 管理项目，任务& Time, 跑强& Efficient Business
标签： 安静的时光 , 时间管理