Search

 

Sponsors

 

Powered by Squarespace
« Stress Management Tips | Main | Fighting the end of semester burnout »
Sunday
Apr112010

The Email Trap

If you’ve been subscribed to the blog, and have been keeping up with some of the more recent post, you may have noticed that I have been writing a lot about productivity tips and time management techniques. Inspired a little bit by Jay Willingham’s recent post on CampusByte about his “internet fast” so to speak, I decided to track where my time on the internet was actually going. I didn’t really have any scientific methodology behind my experiment; I just made a chart with some of my most common surfing habits, and put a tick next to it each time I did it.

I knew that checking facebook would be pretty high up on the list, but I didn’t realize that I check my email more than I check facebook. So I decided to go a little further and try to figure out exactly how much time I was wasting by checking email. I recorded the time I spent checking my email and it came out to around 12 minutes for every time I checked my email during the day on average. That means I was wasting close to 3 hours a day checking emails.

I went and further broke it down and realized the problem was at its worst when I checked in the morning right after I woke up and right before I went to bed. On average I would spend 20-25 minutes checking email, and if it was before I went to bed I would spend anywhere from 30-45 minutes in some cases just reading through old emails. There lies the problem, when I used to wake up I would instantly start wasting time on the internet, and I would stay up close to an hour later just checking email. So I took it upon myself to rectify this problem.

I started slowly cutting out how many times a day I checked my email, now I’m down to around 5 times a day, spending on average about an hour a day checking my email. I think that having 2 more hours in my day to be productive is an awesome feeling. I have also stopped checking my email before I go to bed and right after I wake up. I noticed that those two points were the biggest time wasters in my day, so I worked to cut those out of my day.

I put myself on a technology blackout about 30 minutes before I go to sleep. I try to read a book that is completely unrelated to school, and one that I have always wanted to read, for about half an hour or so before I hit the sack. I think that this one change in my pre-sleep routine has made my sleep more fulfilling and comfortable. Also right after I wake up I jump straight into the shower, change, and get to school. I check my email’s in the little time I have before I have to get to class.

I’m not as hard core as Jay is, but my next goal is to cut down my facebook and twitter time. I don’t think that I could do a seven day fast, but I do think that I can minimize the time I waste on the internet. Also as a side note you will notice that youtube isn’t present on that list of activities, and it’s because I often don’t have time to go and watch these clips, I have a list of clips I need to see saved in my inbox, but still haven’t made the time yet.

Share your favorite time management tips in the comments below?

Follow us on twitter or fan us on facebook, we have special giveaways for our twitter followers and facebook fans going on currently. Also please be sure to subscribe to our RSS feed

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

References (45)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.
  • Response
    tuneup utilities 2014 is an optimization application that has become an essential part of PC maintenance programs.
  • Response
    tuneup utilities 2014 review,the complete optimization software for Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP. Easy clean-up, acceleration, and configuration of your PC.
  • Response
    google sniper 2.0 login
  • Response
    Maillot de foot,maillot foot club,Maillot de foot pas cher,maillot foot,maillot de foot 2014,maillot NBA,Ligue 1,maillot français www.fan-f1.com/maillotfootclub.php
  • Response
    tuneup utilities 2014 keygen
  • Response
    tuneup utilities 2014
  • Response
    the most beneficial achievable response will virtually always be to treat yourself well and with all the respect you are worthy of. You do not should need these factors from anyone else if you are capable of giving them to your self.
  • Response
    Response: Card Recovery
    Memory Card Recovery
  • Response
    Memory Card Recovery
  • Response
    Response: mananged
    The Email Trap - Home - Pre-Med Hell
  • Response
    MTS to AVI Converter software
  • Response
    how to fix internet explorer problems
  • Response
    system restore
  • Response
    Sonic update manager error
  • Response
    internet can not find server
  • Response
    reinstall iTunes
  • Response
    Response: benq drivers
    benq drivers update
  • Response
    realtek audio driverrealtek audio driver
  • Response
    Smart repair Dns Server Not Responding error Pro owns a fresh copy of the Windows registry using information contained in your existing registry. In doing so, Smart Dns Server Not Responding Fixer Pro enhances your system performance by removing fragmentation, gaps, and deleted registry entries. The result is a cleaner, leaner ...
  • Response
    recover sdhc card pro has powerful and various functions. This attracts so many people to undelete important files via SDHC card recovery pro. SDHC card recovery pro is easy to operate. Just a few clicks you will recover your lost of SDHC. Using SDHC card recovery software pro is safe and ...
  • Response
    download drivers for windows 7 Utility has powerful functions. drivers download Utility can help you to find as many drivers as you can imagine. Based on a huge and comprehensive database of more than 200, 000 driver entries. windows drivers Utility supports drivers for almost all major computer hardware and device ...
  • Response
    sd card photo recovery Pro focus on recoverying plenty cards and removable storages.
  • Response
    download printer drivers Utility is professional printer drivers update software.
  • Response
    corrupted photos recovering Pro is a simple, great data recovery tools. corrupted photos recovering Pro recovers files emptied from the Recycle Bin, lost due to hard drive crash, formatted hard drive, virus infection and other unknown reasons. How to recover corrupted photos from memory card Pro supports all of the major ...
  • Response
    dell printer driver downloads time when reinstalling Windows, both on recent PCs and older computers for which the original CDs containing the drivers have been lost. You no longer have to track down old driver installation CDs, insert one installation CD after another or spend hours searching for drivers on the ...
  • Response
    mp3 to wma converter
  • Response
    wmv to avi converter
  • Response
    Response: m2ts converter
    m2ts file converter
  • Response
    convert avi to dvd
  • Response
    windows media player
  • Response
    The Email Trap - Home - Pre-Med Hell
  • Response
    The Email Trap - Home - Pre-Med Hell
  • Response
    The Email Trap - Home - Pre-Med Hell
  • Response
    The Email Trap - Home - Pre-Med Hell
  • Response
    kodak easyshare z981 Utility is capable of displaying a detailed report about all installed drivers (versions, release dates) and provide you with Windows Experience Index rating information before you buy a new hardware.
  • Response
    Professional Chkdsk Utility fixer is professional Chkdsk Utility Fixer which is able to fix this error in a short time. This tool provides people an easy-to-use interface which is suitable for both computer novices and advanced computer users.
  • Response
    Smart Bad Pool Header Fixer Pro concentrate in fixing Bad Pool Header problem. Smart [url=UrlSpin]TitleSpin[/url] Pro is one of the top ranking registry cleaners especially developed for fixing computer errors and optimizing system settings.
  • Response
    how to rescue data form sd card pro is excellent SD memory card recovery software, which occupies essential place in recoverring SD card market.
  • Response
    Acer drivers download Utility is able to display a detailed report about all installed drivers (versions, release dates) and supply you with Windows Experience Index rating information before you buy new hardware. acer sound card driver download Utility is easy to use, interessting interface advised us to begin by scanning our ...
  • Response
    recover mmc card is a great, well-known data recovery software which can help you restore any missing data in a MMC card.
  • Response
    Response: free pc speed up
    Smart why is my pc running slow Pro is a top downloading tool to fix registry errors. It performs comprehensive and complete analysis for Windows Registry, and repair invalid entries or PC slowdowns.Smart why is my pc running slow Pro provides you with Registry Backup, System Backup, Favorites Backup and Folder ...
  • Response
    dell windows 7 drivers download time when reinstalling Windows, both on recent PCs and older computers for which the original CDs containing the drivers have been lost. You no longer have to track down old driver installation CDs, insert one installation CD after another or spend hours searching for drivers on ...
  • Response
    recover deleted text messages android Pro is available which is especially designed and developed to recover missing or deleted text messages from smartphones or tablets.
  • Response
    [url=UrlSpin]TitleSpin[/url] Utility is professional Graphics driver update software which is capable of updating your computer Graphic drivers.
  • Response
    The Email Trap - Home - Pre-Med Hell

Reader Comments (3)

Hey Mohammad,
Love the chart. Good to see you are making steps to better productivity. I know I've been much more productive as of late.

No youtube!!?? How do you do it? TELL ME!

Keep up the good work!

I accomplish my no youtube, via my no time mechanism. There is this wonderful class premeds have to take called organic chemistry and it does a fantastic task of draining all of my time. You should try giving it a shot.

April 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMohammad

Awesome post, haha. I'm too scared to see where all my time on the internet gets allocated too, even though I'm pretty sure its email. Even if I don't spend 30 min. in one session checking mail, I spent like 5 min. each time I check which is a lot so....hehe. Too much of my time goes onto email.

Youtube is another big roadblock for me because I watch whole tv series on it.

In order to balance I usually wake up really early, get my work done, and then waste time in the evening!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThymur A. Chaudhry

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>