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Create a New Habit

Creating new habits can be exceedingly difficult. It is said that it takes 30 days to really have a habit stick. But, what if the outcome of that habit helped you become more productive, increased effectiveness and potentially rewarded you with more time? Would you give it a try?

One such habit exists and it’s encouraged you try to make it a habit yourself.

One of the biggest distractions of our day is the constant barrage of emails. If you’re like many, you wake up, start your coffee and grab your phone. These are habits. While drinking your coffee you delete the messages that aren’t important, read the urgent, and then filter through the remainder.

That simple habit can change the course of your day, and in many cases not for the best. All of a sudden new priorities have emerged and what you had planned to do, make marketing calls, research a prospect, gets pushed to the bottom of your agenda. This can happen frequently throughout the day as well.

Here’s a new habit to consider. Instead of looking at email throughout the day, pick two times during the day that you will review and respond to email messages, perhaps once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Create an out-of-office message that can be utilized between your designated responding hours, something to the effect of “Unavailable to respond until ____.” Make sure to give instructions about what to do in the event of an emergency. You’ll find that few of your messages are.

Creating this simple habit of designating times to respond to emails frees you up on what’s important to you. If you don’t make your priorities a priority, someone else will!

Give it a try for 30 days and see how much time you gain.

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