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Email Protocols Save Time

According to a British study, it takes us over a minute to recover our focus after checking email. That means if you check your email every five minutes or so, you are spending over eight hours a week trying to recover your focus.

That’s one more good reason to stay on task! To get back some of that time, turn off the auto-check feature on your email software. If you use webmail, don’t leave it open in a browser tab all day.

Instead, wait until your attention is already diverted to hit “send/receive.” Do it after you finish a task and your focus is already in limbo. Or try before and after lunch when you have a few moments. You will spend less time in transition and more time getting things done in your day.

Sam Glover

The Glover Law Firm, Minneapolis

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