Checking email: Not just a freelance problem

By Katharine Swan On Monday, June 16, 2008 At 11:32 AM

One common theme I see on freelance writers' blogs and discussion boards is the problem of being distracted by email. Many writers cite checking email too frequently as being one of their main vices.

And yes, before you ask, I have an email problem, too. I have my Outlook set up to download email every five minutes, which can make for a lot of interruptions.

I think a lot of us consider this a freelance problem, but it seems that it's not: Some major tech firms are discussing ways to discourage email and increase productivity in their employees.

I don't agree with trying to eliminate email entirely one day of the week (one of Intel's experiments), but Google's Email Addict sounds like a nice way to remind yourself to get back to work.

Do you have a problem with obsessively checking email, and what techniques do you use to keep yourself on task?

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Blogger Irreverent Freelancer Says:  

Yep, but then again I have a problem with a lot of online distractions. I figure I could probably increase my income by 50% if I eliminated all of them, but then again, freelancing wouldn't be nearly as much fun then!

 

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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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