And it will. Since I only check my e-mails twice a day, I’m out of reach most of the time. Anything that doesn’t make my phone ring is not urgent. After all, what can be so urgent for a freelance writer?
This rule is inspired by the way Tim Ferriss handles his own emails: he checks his inbox once a week. I’ve found that twice a day is what works the best for me. Once in the morning after I’ve completed my most important task of the day — that is, write my daily article. Then around 3:00 p.m, which sometimes gets skipped.
Between the two, I close the app. Simply. Not even a quick check.
This allows me to focus on my outputs rather than being dragged all day by the inputs. For more details on this output-input concept, I wrote about it here.
Yes, I know: it’s scary. It’s rare to be out of reach in today’s world. We carry our phones with us all the time, and many even leave them on at night. We are 24/7 reachable. When we cut ourselves off from that, at least via email, it raises fears such as: what if I’m not available for an urgent matter?
Let’s be honest: how often do you have to deal with an urgent matter? As far as I’m concerned, it might happen once a month. Whenever it does, my clients call me on my phone. If you’re frequently faced with “emergencies”, just inform emergency senders of your new e-mail rules, and ask them to call or text you whenever an urgent matter arises. Problem solved.