I have been thinking about setting rules around email for a while. Email is just so consuming and thus so distracting, so I want to setup rules so that I control it rather than it controlling me. So, here are the rules that I plan to implement starting today.
- Inbox Zero – I have been doing a “sometimes inbox zero” approach for a while, meaning sometimes I will do it and sometimes I won’t. I want to do inbox zero and commit to getting to inbox zero at the beginning and end of each work day.
- Check email five times during the day or less. I’m not sure how I will track this (or if I will), but I think this is a good goal. If I try to limit how often I check email, I will get distracted less frequently and will feel more freedom to plow through my task list.
- If an email involves a task, do it only if it will take two minutes or less. That is a Getting Things Done productivity method that I think applies well here.
That’s all I have so far. What rules am I missing?