Don’t check your email so often

Tim Ferriss is right — we need to take control of our email life!

How many times a day do you check your email? Are you working with a hair-trigger set, where an email can arrive and interrupt whatever you are doing?

Unless you are in the instant-response business (not one I’d choose to be in), you are torturing yourself unecessarily. If you want to take back your life, try this: Check your email three times a day and block out thirty minutes per session to answer them. Try 10am, 2pm and 4pm (just like the old Dr. Pepper ad).

While this might sound scary, you’ll quickly find out that you are not missing out on anything except constant interruptions. Eventually, you’ll wonder why you checked it so often, and how you ever got anything done!

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