A week ago I wrote about sobering research into the damage done to our IQ by reading email. Since then, a friend pointed out (in person, not by email) a post at Duct Tape Marketing.
In it, writer Zane Safrit pointedly states, "Email’s not the elephant in your office. It’s your reaction to email."
He suggests these steps, among others:
Close your email program while you’re working on a project, ESPECIALLY, while you’re at a meeting.
DON’T start the day reading email. Start the day on your important projects. Then just before lunch read email.
Pick up the phone. Talking is so much more rewarding than email.
Get a cat. Play with them every morning. It’ll leave you less time to read email.
Do you have other suggestions for improving our focus and intelligence? Email me!