How many times do you check your e-mail every day?
If you are like most e-mail users, your e-mail program is set up to check for e-mails every 5-10 minutes. That’s a whopping 48-96 possible interruptions per day respectively! That’s like the mail person giving you letters every few minutes throughout the day. Oh! here’s another one.
This is a bad business and organizational practice.
- It is a sure way to get distracted from your tasks at hand.
- Answering e-mail throughout the day, instead of at a given time, can cause attention and focus deficits often resulting in poorly thought-out or rushed replies.
- Answering e-mail throughout the day will often create a “now or never” reply strategy.
- Constant interruptions can take their toll on your attitude and self-esteem.