I have a confession to make.
I like to check my email…. a lot.
I open my inbox in the morning and don’t close it until bedtime… sometimes not even then.
My fancy new Ipod Touch means I even check in bed.
When I have a project to tackle that I’m not looking forward to starting… I check my inbox.
When I need to make a phone call… I check my inbox first.
When I’m on a deadline… my inbox stays open, alerting me to any potential offers to help a Nigerian prisoner or a press release announcing some non-event four provinces away.
These are the confessions of an e-mail addict.
The worst part is that I haven’t even been able to admit this is a problem. I rail at my seeming inability to focus… while checking my e-mail.
The good news is I am not alone. Linda Formichelli over at The Renegade Writer has the same problem. I find it comforting to know writers with more commercial success than I work with the same handicaps.
That said… today I start my efforts to kick my addiction.
I am closing my inbox.
I will not reopen my inbox until noon.
That goes for Facebook and Twitter and LinkedIn…. my friends and colleagues will think I have disappeared but we have to make sacrifices on the alter of productivity.
So… here I go…. closing the inbox.
There. Done. I feel some withdrawal and a strange sense that I might miss something… but I will soldier on.
Now to set the timer for 50 minutes and tackle my day.
…. but maybe I should check to see if that client has gotten back to me… in the last five minutes.