Trying something new today, where I schedule a section of time to do the less fun, but very necessary, tasks of the day. Email is this for me, so I’ve blocked off an “email hour” every day of the week.
Part of the struggle for me there is my overpowering perfectionism, how I read and re-read even the simplest of emails before I can send them. I’ve tried to get better at that, subverting my natural meticulousness for the greater good of letting someone know I got their message. Gone are the days I can drop everything else and quickly fix a bug or add a feature when someone mentions it; now I need to remember, triage, give an update, eventually address their issue, and remember to follow up. The process is more complex and often overwhelming for me, but the communication doesn’t have to be. Hopefully a little more structure will help.