还记得周一要做的改变吗？ Stop Hating Monday
This week: Stop Living Out of Your Inbox
There’s a reason that you probably struggle with this one: Responding to the constant “ding” fills your brain with dopamine[多巴胺], a little squirt of happy juice that gives you satisfaction.
Despite that good feeling, centering your work around your inbox isn’t exactly effective—constantly stopping to check and respond to messages is a distraction that keeps you from staying focused on your bigger tasks and priorities.
The good news is, there are some quick steps you can take to break this habit today.
1. Check Your Email Only at Certain Times of Day
At the beginning of the day, determine a few designated email checkpoints—maybe once in the morning, once at midday, and once before you leave for the night.
2. Turn Off Your Email Feed
Instead of letting new email alerts interrupt your work, try using an app like Freedom to turn off the internet and allow you to focus on the task at hand.
3. Change Your Outlook
Essentially, your inbox is a place where other people get to send their priorities, issues, and demands for your time. And so, when you base your workday around your email, you’re letting others control your time. Once you realize that, it’ll be a lot easier to prioritize the things that are important to you, rather than simply what comes into your inbox.