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• Business Insider reached out to three productivity experts to figure out what everyday tasks are a huge drain on our productivity.

• They all said the same thing: email.

• The experts agreed it’s best to cut checking your inbox out of your schedule, whenever possible.


Want to instantly boost your productivity?

Revamp your email habits.

Business Insider recently checked in with three productivity experts to find out what habits are wasting the most time at work.

They all said the same exact thing: email.

Forbes reported 66% of respondents to one productivity study said they check their inboxes first thing in the morning.

It’s a habit that can prove to be a major pitfall.

“Your inbox is everyone else’s to do list for you, aligned to their goals and objectives, not necessarily your goals and objectives,” “Work Simply: Embracing the Power of Your Personal Productivity Style” author Carson Tate told Business Insider. “You are sacrificing one of the most productive periods of your day, the start, when you are fresh, alert, and not yet mentally fatigued to react to what everyone else wants from you versus using your focused energy to advance your goals.”

She recommended forbidding yourself from checking your email the minute you get into the office. You can always allot some time at the end of the day for emails.

But it’s not just about when we check our inboxes — it’s how we write the emails themselves.

“We write emails that are far too long,” “Four Seconds: All the Time You Need to Replace Counter-Productive Habits with Ones That Really Work” author Peter Bregman told Business Insider. “Shorter responses are read by the recipient. Longer ones are postponed.”

And it’s not just about quality — it’s about quantity, too.

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