Every morning, as part of my routine whilst eating my breakfast, I check various websites on my iPad.
Sites like Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, the Irish Times, TikTok, Amazon, Instagram etc.
I need to check comments on my own channels or pages and remove any that are offensive.
And I check the growth in subscriber numbers or fans to the various sites that I use to promote my brand and business.
I used to check my Gmail, but not anymore. Why?
Because the first thing I want to do every day, as part of my daily writing habit, is to write a blog post. Like this one.
That is the very first thing I do when I sit down at my desk in my office.
And I found that if I checked my emails first thing when I was having my breakfast, I may be distracted by one or two of them while writing my blog post.
But there was nothing I could do about any of those emails until after I had written what I wanted to write. And I wanted to write with a clean, clutter free mind.
Therefore, there was no point checking the emails while having the breakfast. Checking them after I have written my blog post is time enough.
And I can write without being bugged about an email I have just seen while having my breakfast.
Removing this distraction is one over which I have complete control.