It's tempting to check your email right when you get into the office, but it can mess with your work flow and eat into your creative time. Here's what we mean.
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Have you ever felt like all you do is check your email? In fact, our incessant need to respond to emails at work can be a huge distraction from important tasks, but it doesn't have to be that way. You have to reinvest in finding flow — a deep state of focus.
Jumping into email first thing puts you into reply mode and distracts you, wasting your otherwise refreshed mind on unimportant tasks. Harvard Business Review explains further how email derails your productivity in the morning:
This is the time to do focused, strategic work and have important conversations. If you read your email as you get up, your mind will get sidetracked and you'll begin the slide toward reactive leadership.
Skipping email in favour of heads down time works best if you're a morning person since that's when your mind is most creative and focused. If another time of day is when your mind is most active, apply this to those hours so you can churn out ideas instead of slogging through email.
Spending 10 Minutes a Day on Mindfulness Subtly Changes the Way You React to Everything [Harvard Business Review]