Check e-mail once a week? Give your cell number to only a few people? Work less than 10 hours a week? That’s insanity…or a really good plan. Timothy Ferriss, bestselling author of “The 4-Hour Workweek”, not only goes against the business norm and breaks most business rules every written, he’s making a fortune doing it.
Timothy’s book gives you ways to save time, outsource administrative help (he prefers overseas sources) and give people who work for you more authority to make day-to-day decisions. In the section, Time Wasters: Become an Ignoramus, he describes how e-mail time wasters are the easiest to eliminate and deflect. He feels that e-mail is “the greatest single interruption in the modern world” and offers a few suggestions.
- Turn off the audible alert if you have one on Outlook or a similar program and turn off automatic send/receive, which delivers e-mail to your inbox as soon as someone sends them.
- Check e-mail twice per day, once at 12:00 noon or just prior to lunch, and again at 4:00 P.M. (Because) 12:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M. are times that ensure you will have the most responses from previously sent e-mail.
- Never check e-mail first thing in the morning. Instead, complete your most important task before 11:00 A.M. to avoid using lunch or reading e-mail as a postponement excuse.
- Work less…make more…makes sense.