I was thinking of an idea for my next blog post, but then I saw the icon for my inbox. I wanted to see if I got any new messages, so I clicked on it. After I clicked it, I realized that I had clicked it 5 minutes ago and found no new messages. The result was no different when I clicked it a second time.
I knew there was no way that this was the first time I had looked in my inbox twice in 5 minutes…or even more. Looking through an inbox that many times can make someone lose what they were thinking about. What that person was thinking about could have been the next multimillion dollar idea, we’ll never know.
Is it really worth it to look through your inbox? It is important to look at your inbox on occasion to answer questions that people may have or respond to an important email. However, it is not good to be consumed by your inbox.
There is always a time when we are least productive or are simply pondering for a new idea. Those are the times when we should check our inboxes. When I check my inbox, most of the messages are from websites I don’t know or random people. Some of it is really spammy. The few relevant messages I get don’t even involve me writing back to someone most of the time. Most of the time, the only relevant messages I get are about new comments.
If something takes up your time and doesn’t help your business, it’s usually not worth it. Checking your inbox every 5 minutes when you know the outcome is definitely not worth your time.