Avoid Morning Email and Social Networking

Summary: Three great reason why you should avoid email and social networks in the morning. (Tweet This!)

Good Morning Email Today's tip is one that has taken me years to learn... and I still mess it up almost every day.

I wake-up, grab my phone and check my email. In fairness, I usually just delete the crud and go about the rest of my day.

That's still an excuse. The fact is that it's a bad habit and it needs to change.

Why You Shouldn't Check Email in the Morning

1. It is a great time suck

The problem with checking email in the morning is that you get sucked into it. You send out 5 emails and by the time you finish the last one, the responses are coming in. The next thing you know, it's lunch time.

2. You are Reacting to other People's Priorities

The website, 99u published "The Key to Creating Remarkable Things", and it focuses on not getting locked up in email in the morning. Their point:

The trouble with this approach is that you end up spending the best part of the day on other people’s priorities, running their errands, and giving them what they need... But when tomorrow comes round there’s another pile of emails, phone messages, and to-do list items. If you carry on like this you will spend most of your time on reactive work, responding to incoming demands and answering questions framed by other people.

3. You are Wasting the Most Productive Part of the Day

Time and again, science has shown that people have the most willpower in the morning. If you have a difficult task, the morning is when you are best prepared to tackle it head on.

So why spend this valuable time on email? It simply doesn't make sense.

What About Social Networking?

This is actually easier that the email question. Unless you are a marketing person who promotes a company on Facebook and Twitter, it doesn't even qualify as productive work. I'd even go as far to argue that most of the time, Facebook and Twitter doesn't count as work at all.

At least with email, you are knocking something off of your to-do list. You are doing something that is generally considered to be work. So unless you have a fantastic reason, stay away from the social networks in the morning.

Final Thought

The idea of not checking your email and social networks in the morning might not be the most insightful productivity tip in the world. After all there's the book, Never Check E-Mail In the Morning, which I highly recommend. (There's a lot more in it beyond the simple advice.)

However, as I said at the outset, it's so tempting to get into a bad habit. A bad habit that zaps your productivity is going.

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