Have you ever thought about how the simple and small things you do or don't do can add up to really big numbers to impact your productivity? My buddy Paul Burton does all of the time. It is one of his productivity specialties.
Consider this one. On Wednesday I posted this tweet tip:
StephCalahan Constant interruptions with the e-mail notification sound make it difficult for anyone to complete other tasks.
I turned off my email notification a long time ago (about 15 years) because I did not want to be taken out of the important state of concentration when working on projects. I have never missed it. Paul shared this commentary:
OK! So let's really do the math!
4 seconds times 100 emails = 400 seconds
400 seconds time 220 work days a year = 88,000 seconds
88,000 seconds divided by 60 = 1466.666667 minutes
1466.666667 minutes divided by 60 = 24.44 hours!
HOW LONG? 24.44 HOURS A YEAR LOST TO EMAIL PINGS!
You got it. If you receive more than 100 emails a day it gets even worse. You have lost productivity hidden in the very simple things that you do. So consider turning off that email notification and do something more worthwhile with all of that time.
What do you think? Share your thoughts in my comments section (If you are reading this in email, click on the title to this post to be taken to my blog to comment.)
To your success!