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by Cliff Ravenscraft on May 11, 2012
Hey Cliff, congrats on your new control over distractions. You are smart to focus on this for your own life and to influence the lives of others. You and I both encourage a digital lifestyle, so it’s a responsibility we have to encourage it wisely.
I check my email first thing, too, so I’m going to reconsider and look for positive changes.
Now I’m off to @michaelhyatt to find out what #PABL means!
Thanks for this. -DB
Dude, I just did the same thing last night. Trying to cut down on my distractions. I have no notifications except text messages and calendar notifications. One step in the right direction!
@BourneMedia Thanks so much for the feedback. I’m eager to hear how putting off all email until later in the morning helps you.
Did Michael Hyatt recently mention #PABL?
@Leslie Samuel That’s awesome Leslie!
Ah Cliff my friend, this used to be exactly the beginning of my workflow of the day. Sometimes before I even had a shower and got dressed I would first check my mail, see if anything “important” came through and even compose a lengthy reply to those emails first. That is how I mostly got my day started. I noticed years ago it was extremely inefficient and something I did not like about my daily habits. I stopped doing all that about 4 or 5 years ago and it was a very good decision I can tell you. These days I barely have any stress in the morning and I realized I can check my messages when ever, the world will not end if I don’t check them in time. There simply is no real emergency. Took me a while to realize that.
@LeeAndrew Lee, I’m so glad that you’ve already realized the value of not being a slave to your email inbox. Thanks for sharing your experience.
I have a morning routine which “check email for emergencies” is on the list, but I do not do that until I sit at my desk. And, checking email is a calendared item. Meaning, some days it happens at 8am, others it might not be until in the afternoon; in particular if my exercise is calendared for the morning that day.
What does this do for my clients? Well, my clients rarely expect an immediate response and the reality is most are good if I respond within 24-48 hours. In the event of an emergency, they can utilize sms and it gives me the option of determining which quadrant of “tasks” it falls into.
@Jason Ansley Thanks for sharing your routine. :)
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