Our attention is our most valuable asset and when it is left to drift and wander we lose that opportunity for creativity and growth.
How many times have your read something - a newsletter, a quote, an article or anything of mild interest - yet 30 minutes, an hour or a day later we don't remember any of it? Without asking for recall and just mindlessly reading something we only remember 10% of it and that's if we are not trying to multi task at the same time.
Do you go through your email and have lots to read, because you are interested in it, yet you remember very little of it. That was an unproductive chunk of time. You may have thought huh as you were reading but unless you recalled it later that information is gone. Why not pick one thing to read and review in your mind so you have it later for recall?
I am a big fan of less is more and having less to take our attention and more time to focus our attention allows us to be more productive. Imagine having one email a day, we can focus on it and remember it through out the day, act on it and learn from it. Instead having 20, 30, 100, 300 or more emails a day it is hard to focus our attention on what is important within all of our emails. We may read over a bunch of them yet at the end of the day we have very little memory of what we read.
Where can you focus your attention best? Is it time to cut back on senseless emails that are not adding to your life? Or unsubscribe from those email lists that are not really helpful?
Cut back where you focus your attention and watch your creativity grow.