Here is how many of us make our daily to-do lists: In the AM, fuelled by coffee and morning delusion, we jot down all the tasks we hope to accomplish in the next eight (or, let's be real, 11 or 12) hours. But these lists, while well-intentioned, are often written haphazardly.
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As we have argued in the past, email is not the problem - we are. And it's not just the productivity drain or the antisocial effects of constantly checking our phones and computers for new messages.
There are psychological ramifications too. By constantly looking for new information and tasks from other people, we are degrading the importance of the things we want and need to do. This flowchart explains what you're doing wrong - and how to fix it.
Chrome/iOS: Handle is the productivity add-on that Google should have made. It seamlessly combines emails, to-do lists and calendars to make Gmail your central productivity hub.
Android/iPhone: TickTick is a powerful syncing to-do manager that's seen a lot of improvement since its launch. Today, it's getting a handful of new features.
Sometimes checking email first thing in the morning helps you get it over with and focus on more important tasks. However, there's an equally compelling case against checking email first thing. If you work better ignoring your inbox in the morning, you'll want to make sure you steer clear on Friday mornings in particular.
Starting on a big, important task first thing in the morning is sound advice for most people. But if you're a serious procrastinator, easing into the day with a few baby steps might be more effective.