Edit: This experiment is over! See the results, and what we’ve learned, here.
What’s the very first thing you do in the morning? For most of us, it’s immediately grabbing our phone to see if we received any messages, texts, or emails. And while you’re there, you might as well respond too — and suddenly you just spent half an hour doing work before even getting out of bed.
At the end of the day, you know your office or job is not going to crash and burn if you wait until actually getting there to start, and it’s not good for our psyche or productivity to begin with that way.
The “No Email in the Mornings” rule is one lauded time and time again as a productivity no-brainer, but it can be hard. I’m designating myself as lab rat to test out these theories in real life, during an actual work week, to see if no emails in the morning are realistic or more idealist.
While I could never cut out email completely, every (business) day of this coming week, I will not check my email until 11 a.m. If you want to watch me struggle or miraculously reach productivity enlightenment, I’ll be sharing my experience in the @99U Twitter with the hashtag #labrat starting on Monday. Feel free to join in experimenting with me, even if you decide to do it for shorter blocks or maybe for you it’s right before bed — just make sure to include #labrat in your tweets so I can find you.