We’re in the middle of the biggest epidemic in today’s digital world.
In fact, I am so sure you are being affected by this ever-growing digital tsunami, that I’ve set up a challenge for you (and yes, you’ll be able to win some pretty cool prizes, so be sure to read this post all the way to the end)….
But first, if you’re anything like the 95% of knowledge workers in today’s society, chances are your inbox is not the most organized place in the world.
And why this might not seem like a big deal to you, it’s hurting you in more ways than you’d think.
For the average worker, reading and responding to email takes 3/4 as much time as most daily role-specific tasks. This is causing a direct result on your time management, wellness, and finances.
In fact, a recent study revealed that the average U.S. worker spends over 6 hours checking email every single day!
Six hours of sporadic interruptions, urgent tasks, co-worker updates, distracting junk mail….
This statistic really comes to no surprise at all, since in this technical era, we send over 200 billion emails each day.
And while advances in work, business, and personal communication is an amazing feat, there has become a problem with this.
Recent discoveries have shown the extreme impact that checking your email has on your overall performance, not only at work, but within your personal life and goals as well.
The Editor in Chief of the Fiscal Times, Jacqueline Leo quotes, “One look at your email can rob you of 15 minutes of focus.”
That doesn’t even take into account the cumulative cost of mismanaged emails or the harm hyperconnectivity can cause your personal life. Psychologists have even called email a “toxic form of stress.”
In my own life, I started to realize the direct correlation between my inbox and my own productivity, not to mention how I was unknowingly allowing it to bleed into my personal life.
And since it’s my #1 goal to make YOUR life as efficient and productive as possible, I knew I needed to come up with a solution to this. Because how could I help you, without helping myself first?
So after a year of research, trials, tests, and failures, my team and I uncovered some pretty amazing methods that changed everything.
That’s what we want to share with you now.
Over the next 5 days we want to help you cut down your email time in half. If you’re spending 10 hours a day on email, we’ll help you get to 5. If you’re at 6 hours (like the average person), we’ll get it to 3.
This will be the beginning of more personal time and freedom within your life. Whether it’s a few more hours to spend with your family, on your hobbies, or even advancing in your career, I want to help you get there.
Because in the end, do you want to be known for your contribution to society, your dedication to your family, or….your swift email responses?
So here it is…
Your Day 1 Challenge: Record How Often You Check Your Email
The first step of the challenge is to record how often you check your email. This could be on your phone, tablet or computer.
The purpose of this is to get a measurement in place as a starting point. You wouldn’t start a fitness journey without knowing your body fat…just like you won’t start this email challenge without knowing how often you check your email.
Once you have this number in place, you can bring awareness to the progress we’ll make together.
Here are our two recommendations to record it:
1. Take a sheet of paper and put a dot on it each time you check your email.
This could be a pocket notebook or a piece of paper you carry with you. Any time you check email, put a little dot on it with a pen.
2. Set a reminder to go off every hour to remind you to record how often you checked email in the past hour.
You can setup these reminders on your phone. Anytime you get an alert, write down somewhere how often you checked email in the past hour.
The key to making this all work: be honest. There’s no shame in this. Once we know what this number is, we can track if we’re making improvements to it (which will come in later in the challenge.)
At the end of the day, count how often you checked email. We’ll need this number for tomorrow.
The Prizes You Can Win
To motivate you to cut your email time in half and break your inbox addiction, we’re even giving you the chance to win some pretty cool prizes.
The first prize is the new Apple Watch (series 3). This is the one that just got announced last week and worth $329.
The second prize is the Amazon Echo (valued at $180) which is our favorite home automation gadget.
The third is a Fitbit Charge 2 (value $150) that we love for tracking our health indicators, daily steps and the number of calories we’ve burnt.
So how do you win?
1. Leave a comment every day on the challenge blog posts. Start now with this one!
2. All submissions have to be completed before September 25, 2017.
3. A week later 3 random people will be selected as winners.
Check out some of our past winners…
— Getting Close to (@GettingCloseto) September 1, 2017
— Luciano Schirmer (@luciano_damage) September 2, 2017
To get started, leave a comment behind on here with “Yes I am in!”. That way we know you’re eligible and that you’re committed to cutting your email time in half (and start breaking the inbox addiction).
Good luck everyone!
Thanh & the Asian Efficiency Team
Update: Day 2 is now live.
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