I used to have to go into the office an hour and a half early in order to check my emails, respond, and rearrange my day due to an email that is suggesting an emergency of some sort that requires immediate attention. I complained about how my work was not getting done due to having to respond to other situations and help out as a team player because of blah blah blah blah…I was totally compelled to do other work that was not my work and the email was my excuse. This was a terrible excuse. In looking for a solution I came across the 60-60-30 method by Eben Pagan. Feel free to look this us and this blog is not to promote this method, more to demonstrate a realistic situation.
The key to the method is to block off your day into time segments of uninterrupted work. UNINTERRUPTED work. I cannot say that this will be the answer for you, the 60-60-30 method did not work for me in my situation, however the premise did. The KEY to this working regardless of how you want to block off your time is this: Do not check your email, voice messages, or text messages until you have the first part of your day completed. For me, this meant after lunch. The funny thing was that my work was done now before lunch and the other work was much easier to prioritize. For the most part, the BS work that was being dumped on me at the start of the day that did not help me produce income disappeared. Not only was I able to make my day better, but then I ended up with more time to find more business and become even more productive than my competition.
So, how much of your day is DESTROYED by early emails? Its painful to realize the truth, but such a relief to resolve it. Give it a shot, you will not regret it.