Posts Tagged ‘email obsessed’

Today I counted the number of times that I checked email

August 2, 2019

I am trying to improve my ability to focus on things for a long period of time. That means resist distractions. That means don’t check email.

To get a sense of how often I check email, today I kept a running count each time I checked my work email, hotmail, and gmail. Here are the results:

Work email: 17 times

Hotmail: 6 times

Gmail: 2 times

Note that these numbers would be much higher but I worked hard to resist the urge to check my email. I think that on a typical day the numbers would be twice as much (maybe more).

This is a sad state of affairs. Checking my email so often is crazy. There’s no need for this. It is a huge distraction. I can’t (nobody can) do deep work with such distractions.

I will continue to build will power to resist the urge to obsessively check email.

Have you counted the number of times that you check email in a day? Is it higher or lower than the numbers above? Let me know, please.

An alarming statistic on how much time emails and web browsing take out of our work

July 28, 2019

A 2012 McKinsey study found that the average knowledge worker now spends more than 60% of the workweek engaged in electronic communication and Internet searching, with close to 30% of a worker’s time dedicated to reading and answering e-mail alone.

This state of fragmented attention cannot accommodate deep work, which requires long periods of uninterrupted thinking.

— The above comes from an awesome book that I am reading, titled Deep Work, Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport.