People are now establishing rules for when to read their e-mail. They want to corral their messages and pen them up like meandering cattle, to view them only at a specified time they have set each day.
Gretchen Rubin, the happiness researcher and author of the best-selling Happiness Project, was tempted to read hers at all hours until she realized that she would have more time to write her blogs, articles and the new book IF she would set a specific hour and hold to it.
Craig Ballantyne, author of Rise and Shine, professional motivational speaker, never wants to see his e-mail until noon. When he decided to set the time he’d spend with e-mails, the first ‘no-e-mail until’ hour he set was 9 a.m. He also learned that he NEVER reads any over a weekend. He must be like the older gentleman who fussed and fumed when the post man was late. When asked why, he said, “There might be something in it that would spoil my dinner.”
Yesterday, to see how e-mails influence my time, I discovered that responses to e-mails chipped away the time which might have been spent on other things, primarily because they led down paths not on my to-do list. Here are a few that arrived yesterday to consume the morning:
. International Tracing Center sent information and cover photo for the “Evacuation” l945 death marches . . . but it was written in German which necessitated an e-mail to request a copy in English.
. The three-page update about international Asian book expos from Strategic, my publisher, in which Lebensborn is included with books of 434 other authors, contained a link to all the books being shown in the catalog at the Beijing book Expo. The company reports not only China but Latin America and India are increasingly becoming the hub of great opportunities with their ever-growing hunger for quality books in English. “Looking forward more of our authors are getting published in China, large online sales volumes, and huge mobile downloads of our content.”
E-mail continues to be a powerful tool. It can contain unexpected personal and professional news but can also become an exciting, unnoticed addiction..