We know very well that when we get into the office, the first thing we do is to check our emails. It’s like a habit. But little that we know that it can mess with our work flow and take away all our creative time.
Jumping into emails first thing puts us into our usual reply mode and distracts us. It wastes our otherwise refreshed mind on some unimportant tasks. Harvard Business Reviews explains this further:
This is the time to do focused, strategic work and have important conversations. If you read your emails as you get up, your mind will get sidetracked and you’ll begin the slide toward reactive leadership.
So, skipping email in exchange of heads down time works best if you’re a morning person since that’s when your mind is most creative and focused. If another time of day is when your mind is most active, apply this to those hours so you can churn out ideas instead of slogging through email.