“Trolling my email for crisises is so inefficient,” I recently muttered to my coach as I processed my compulsion to start my day, in bed, checking email.

The reality is that very few emails I get require immediate attention and if they do, someone’s breaking protocol, because those that work closely with me know they are supposed to call if something is urgent.

Today, I woke up, played with my son, drove to work, had some personal quite time, wrote this post and I haven’t even checked my email yet. It feels great.

Choosing to embrace the difficulty of the long-term important over hoping there’s some fire for me to put out in the present is a massive struggle, but a hurdle I’m committed to conquering.

How do you avoid living in the present of your inbox?


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