Evaluation: checking email twice a day

A few weeks ago I removed all email notifications from my computer and
other devices, set up an AwayFind account, and started checking my
email only twice a day.

Conclusion? I love it. I’m getting more done and being interrupted
less often. The only problem I’ve run into is that I often don’t want
to go through the second mail check in the evening. I feel like I
could almost get away with checking once a day so long as I was good
about marking time-critical stuff with AwayFind’s tools.

This is definitely a practice I’m going to stick with.

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  1. François Beausoleil October 18, 2010 at 14:02

    Absolutely agree with you. I receive mostly automated emails, except for my work email, which I check more regularly. This is a good practice to do. The same should be said of the news feed reader and Twitter. I don’t have a Facebook account, which removes one distraction.

  2. I had already funneled the vast majority of my automated emails into an OtherInbox account, so most of the email I get on my main account is stuff I actually want to read. I do find Facebook essential for staying in touch with friends and family, but I make sure not to have facebook notifications come to my main email account. I also immediately mute every facebook app I see, so that cuts down on the noise a bit.

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