I cringe when I see other people’s inboxes and what they allow in. It’s sad that inboxes these days are infested with newsletters, from retailers offering coupons to marketing newsletters which dole out just enough useful tips to keep their targets subscribed. What’s happening is that you’re allowing other people to set your agenda, doubly so if you check email first thing in the morning: 15 minutes gone following this link, 45 minutes gone chasing a bargain (plus the inevitable time-sink of reading product reviews / deciding which model is the best), 10 minutes watching a video, etc.) It takes discipline to declare your email inbox your domain that you control. Here’s a great picture that sums up the hazards of not caring enough about what ends up in your inbox:
What’s the gist of these 3rd-party emails that are ending up in your inbox?
• “Hey, do something for me.”
• “Hey, visit my site.”
• “Hey, you got some money that I want.”
Instead of opening your email first thing in the morning, go ahead and look over your priorities for the day and set your agenda according to them.