Reading already read emails again?

More from one of my favorite blogging freelancers, Neil Renicker, of Renicker Studio, based in Tipp City, Ohio, on the topic of productivity!

When you’re driving in the dark, in the pouring rain, and traffic in the other lane is rolling at you 60 MPH on a two lane highway, things can get a little nerve-wracking. Have you ever had that sense of helplessness as you try to focus on the road, get blinded by the headlights of oncoming traffic, and wonder how you’re going to keep everything in the lines?

I get a bit of that same feeling when I’m swamped with thousand little projects, deadlines, and to-do lists. Sometimes it’s hard to even know where to start – so instead of actually doing something productive, I click through emails (already read), open files (mindlessly), and make phone calls to trick myself into thinking I’m making progress.

Here are two rock-solid tips that will keep you thinking straight when you’re blinded by the clutter:

1. Do only one thing.

There’s nothing glamorous about this. It’s just based on the simple fact that we can’t multitask. Don’t believe me? Go read Aza Raskin’s You Can’t Multitask and let him convince you.

So the magic bullet to focusing is to pick just one thing – even if it’s not the best thing – and get started.

Neil offers one more rock solid tip…read it here on his blog.

And share your own. We need as many of these tips as we can get if we’re going to get done what needs to get done!

And if you want to read more of Neil blog posts, check them out here on the CF Blog and on his “marketing-smart design blog.”

2 thoughts on “Reading already read emails again?

  1. Stephen

    Neil hit the nail on the head with his post. I went over and read the whole thing. He describes me to a “T” in many ways.

    I often advise people, if they ask, to completely ignore their email inbox until they’ve finished at least one task. There are few things more distracting than an inbox full of “urgent matters” that aren’t. When everything is urgent, nothing is urgent.

    Thanks for this post and the info.

  2. Sarah

    This post is so me! That sense of overwhelmed, what to start on first, wondering aimlessly around my inbox in the morning. I find that if I go down the list and find five things I can do quickly, accomplish those, I can tackle the bigger stuff afterwards. I feel nothing is going to make me more productive than actually being productive at something, ignoring priority for the moment.