Damn deceitful weather. I woke up today thinking it was 6am because it was so cloudy and quiet and cool….
.. only to look at the time and discover I’d been DUPED.
So of course I totally panicked and RAN to work.
Um, let’s just gloss over the fact that I work from home in the mornings and “work” is just 5 feet away in the next room…
The point is that I PANICKED. Let’s focus on the big picture here.
Anyway, once I’d ascertained that there was nothing that couldn’t wait until after I’d had a cup of coffee, I relaxed a bit and read an article about productivity.
(FYI, it was the first thing I saw when I opened my Flipboard — it was practically screaming at me — so I took this as a not-so-subtle hint from GOD, and paid attention.)
The article offered a bunch of productivity hacks, but I was most interested in the one for dealing with email, called OHIO.
[OHIO].. stands for “only handle it once”— a technique that’s espoused by productivity expert Bob Pozen and practiced by Huge CEO and Fast Company contributor Aaron Shapiro.
“No ‘I’ll respond later’ is allowed,” Shapiro says. “Responding later means you take three times longer to get through your email than taking care of it the first time, because responding later means you have to waste time finding and rereading that email… or even worse, the time wasted reminding yourself over and over to get to that message.” - Fast Company
Given the nature of my work emails (i.e. discussion and action plan threads that seem to go on forever), I’m not sure I’ll have the luxury of being able to achieve this 100% — but I think it’s something worth trying out, at least.
Because really, my email procrastination skills are quite astounding.
It’ll also force me to focus and mono-task when I’m attending to my email, which is another thing I have some difficulty with. This is me on a typical work day.
So wish me luck, because I’m about to start right now. Off to OHIO I go!
Catch you later, when all my email’s done.
Happy Friday, folks!