How many times has this happened to you?

You are working and everything’s going great. You’re productivity is high and you’re feeling good about the day.

You randomly decide to check your email and before you know it, you’ve spent hours replying to everyone, organizing, deleting, and more.

Your productivity is shot and you’re day is ruined.

Sound familiar? I know it’s happened to me way more than I’d like.

Email overload is a very real thing and can crush a freelancer under it’s weight.

You can fight back and one great way to do that is by setting up an email focus time.

“3. Set email focus time.

Switching continuously back and forth from your inbox doesn’t just affect your other work; it affects  bad for your how you handle email as well. The solution is to set email “focus time.” Use all you’ve learned from paying more attention to how and when you email to create a plan that suits the rhythm of your days (just don’t handle email first thing in the morning, unless you want to be drawn “into an onslaught of short-term problems” that saps your brain’s energy when it’s at its best).

“If you’re checking and responding to emails all day, you’re not fully focused on your work, on your emails or on anything else. Instead of shifting your attention whenever an email arrives, allocate only certain, fixed times during the day to fully focus on email,” the authors write.”

Read the whole article at Inc.