Don’t check email in the morning.

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By: Laura Shin

If you’re like most people, your reaction might have been half “that’s genius!” and the other half “that’s never going to work.”

The many problems with email begin with the fact that we receive both essential and inessential communications all in the same spot. Sorting through email and deciding what’s important and what isn’t, and what requires a response, what you should delete and what you should archive takes a lot of energy.

And no one has a limitless amount of that precious resource. In fact, the amount we have is, scientifically, finite — actually dependent on the food (energy) we take in — and the more decisions we make throughout the day, the more our energy gets depleted.

A study of parole board hearings by Columbia Business School and Ben Gurion University found that after lunch parole board officers granted 60% of paroles. But before lunch, when they were hungry and their glucose levels were dropping, they only granted 20%. They were falling victim to decision fatigue, which causes us to start making reckless decisions or to stop making decisions at all.

So the impulse to say, “Don’t check your email in the morning” is a good one, even if it may not feel realistic. Decision-making is an energy-hungry task. Our tanks are full in the morning, so that energy should be reserved for something important. Since email is usually the means by which other people get you to pay attention to the tasks important to them, it’s understandable that some experts would caution you against using the time of day when you have the most brain power to get them ahead on their goals instead of moving forward on your own.

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