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Davidson is a certified professional trainer, business coach and management consultant.
Driven by passion, he is an engaging and versatile presenter with over 20 years of experience in the training industry. Over the course of his career, he has trained over 1,000 companies comprising start-ups, SMEs, MNCs, government agencies and others all over Southeast Asia.
Below are Articles and posts I have written over the years and published on Various media.
How Emails Mess Up Your Focus
Julie Morgenstern, author of “Never Check Email in the Morning” is a great believer that truly successful people do not check their emails first thing in the morning.
Surprising isn’t it? For most of us, the very first thing we do is check our emails and send out emails. According to Morgenstern, this is counter-productive and “you’ll never recover” is what she shared with Huffington Post. Since 1989, Morgenstern has been consulting with companies such as American Express, FedEx and Microsoft on organization and time management. She’s also contributed articles on this topic for Forbes magazine and the New York Times.
At the core of it, is basically how our brain reacts to tasks and when we understand that reaction, it will improve our focus and productivity. Studies have shown that it is harder for our focus to go from the transactional, shallow part of the brain to the frontal cortex and other parts of our brain where strategic thinking happens. It is much easier to start at the deep recesses of our brain and to go to the shallow parts.
What does it all mean and how does checking your email first thing in the morning mess this up?
Email is a reactive activity and not a proactive one. The tendency is to set our daily agenda by what appears in our inbox as we bounce from task to task set by the requests of other people. It distracts you from what you actually want and need to work on for the day.
So what should you do instead as you can’t escape emails forever?
Simple, start your day by completing an important task that requires focus, strategic thinking or creativity. Only when these tasks are completed, check your emails. Devote your mornings to what you want to get done first.
Try it out for size and let me know if it works for you.