[GOAL 1] DON’T check your email first!

by | Apr 14, 2023

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I hear this question from my Goals Accountability Blueprint students:

“What’s your trick for getting something accomplished each day?
I set goals, but something always messes them up.”
As they learn my repeatable goals process, participants discover ‘setting’ and ‘achieving’ goals are very different. Most of us could set goals all day long. Right? So why is it so hard to get a task over the finish line? Here are two reasons from among many culprits:
  • We haven’t said “No” to interruptions.
  • It isn’t a realistic goal. There’s no way to complete it.
Today, I’ll address the first bullet point. Along the way, you’ll discover a goal you can set right now … and achieve tomorrow morning! [ My students will be jealous. 😎 ]


[GOAL 1] DON’T check your email first!

If you want to get your day off to a positive start, set this goal: Don’t deep dive into email the first thing.

“What?! How does that work?”

Run a quick check on your business account. (Personal email [distraction] is a no-no during business hours, especially if you work for someone else.)

If there’s something critical from a client, address it and leave the other messages for later. Learning this little tweak is a schedule game-changer. I bet I’m not the only one who can get lost in my email account. For hours. Sigh.

Most messages can wait until later. And I make them wait until later. (Just about killed me the first time I did this!)

‘Later’ comes after achieving at least one quick win left over from the day before. Here are three ideas:

• Edit a short document and print it for reviewing (no on-screen proofing!).

• Purchase an item for your office (and immediately process the receipt for tax time*).

• Send a note about a project to a team member (who can take care of the issue).

Any of these could give you an achievement early in the day. You’ll think of more.

Go for it!

Starting with a ‘win’ adds a positive note to your day. Accomplish something within your first few minutes, and don’t allow anything to “mess it up.” Yes, starting with a positive moment is a psychological thing. But it works.

Save your general email review until you’ve finished a couple of ‘wins’ each morning.

By the way: research shows that maintaining a habit for 30 days solidifies it into a behavior. You don’t even think about it anymore. I’ve found this to be the case regarding email ( and flossing teeth, but that’s a topic for another day 😎 ). This one ‘edit’ in my procedures changed my days for the better.

Your takeaway goal

What would happen if you … right now … set this checking-email-later idea as a 30-day goal?

A month from now, this new habit could become second nature.

And your days should be more productive.

Try it, and come back to let us know how it works for you!

* There’s an extensive section in my book about this. It shows you how to have 90% of your [U.S.] tax reporting documentation ready by the last day of the year. Oh yeah!

Thanks for thinking through the goal with me. I hope you pursue it quickly, ’cause I know how much it helps!

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Kathie York is the Queen of Non-Overwhelm and a Goals Accountability instructor. Early this year, she launched a training program to answer the question, “How can I reach my goals?” (The ultimate in non-overwhelm, right?) Students love it! Check it out here. Although her office is near Indianapolis, Indiana [U.S.], Kathie works with colleagues worldwide.

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  1. Robyn Smith

    Just shared this wonderful advice to FB friends. Thanks, Kathie, for another easy-to-follow, highly effective gold nugget. And congrats on your book’s first anniversary! I’ve recently come to understand, and gained a HUGE appreciation for, all the work this achievement represents. You’re a champion!

    • Kathie York

      Happy to help, and thanks for the congrats.
      Interestingly, IIIII refer to my book all the time!
      All that info is gathered into one place so I don’t have to keep it all in my head :->


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