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How many times a day do you check email? Do you think it makes you less productive?”

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  • 4-5 times a day. Nope I don't think it makes me less productive. I check in the morning, before lunch (after morning calls), after lunch and when I get back to the office after calls and then just before I head home for the day...

    Of course that just counts work emails...

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Patrysha Korchinski on 13th November 2007

  • Non Toxic Mom - i am with you! i love email. but i think mostly it's the social aspect. i am communicating with PEOPLE! perhaps i need to get out more? ha! i work in cubeville but communicate 90% of the time via technology including email, IM, phone connected email, etc. generally i have a few meetings a week that energize me, but most of my work is conducted through email so i have it up (all of my accounts!) all the time! Personal emails that i really want to get into and write lots i try to save for when i know i will have time to really devote to them so that is usually in the evenings or if i sit at my desk for lunch. (unless i just have something that has to be said ;) )

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Kate on 12th November 2007

  • I check my e-mail several times a day. I don't think it makes me less productive, as it is a necessary part of my business. I actually enjoy using e-mail.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Non Toxic Mom on 12th November 2007

  • Multiple times daily...until every couple of weeks I get so sick of it I just shut down my laptop and ignore it for a while, usually a long weekend. I just did this and I feel much more energetic back at it today, having had a break. I think it does make me less productive in the sense that it sucks up a lot of time. On the other hand, email is so wonderful. What would we do without it?!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Diane on 12th November 2007

  • My email is on ALL day and I check it at least 3-4 times per hour. It makes me less productive at times :)

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by on 12th November 2007

  • I can't count that high! My work comes in via email and clients rarely call so I need to be on top of it every day, all day. I rely on it heavily. It used to make me less productive but then I made little partitions in the day. I only reply to personal emails, unless it's very pressing, during set times in the day. And I automatically delete any jokes without reading them so don't bother to send them!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Mandy Nelson - Dandysound on 12th November 2007

  • I'm one of those email addicts. I check it constantly - there's never anything that can't wait an hour or two (or longer), but I feel completely lost if I'm not connected to my email (or the internet in general). I use Mozilla Thunderbird, though, and it gives a quick popup that shows the subject and first line of emails as they come in (I'm set to auto check every 10 minutes).

    It's helpful because it does not distract from my work (the current program I'm working in still remains active). The mail popup is down in the corner of my screen so I can take a quick glance if it was just some junkmail coming in, or an actual email that I want to stop what I'm doing to read.

    I've heard of email free fridays... I'm not ready to take that plunge yet, though, lol.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by WAH(web)Mommy on 12th November 2007