This Dangerous Morning Habit May Sabotage Your Productivity All Day – Forbes

Take a breath and enjoy your breakfast, those emails can wait.

At least that’s what experts are recommending. When you’re scrolling through your inbox at the breakfast table to get an early start when working from home, it can actually reduce your productivity overall, says Carson Tate, Working Simply’s managing partner.

She explains that instead of your emails (and their senders) dictate your priorities, focus on thinking about your own needs what you should be focusing on. Constantly letting other needs cut into your personal life can throw off that focus and cause disarray. This is especially intrusive when the work bleeds into their personal life.

And many of us slip into this slump unknowingly and the problem festers day-by-day unnoticed. When you catch yourself doing the following, maybe it’s time to reevaluate whether that new notification takes precedence over your scrambled eggs.

  • Obsessing over emotionally-charged messages during a meal.
  • Hitting the inbox right after dismissing the morning alarm.
  • Gluing your eyes to the screen when rocking your baby to sleep.
  • Keeping tabs on email chains before brushing your teeth.


Tom Li
Tom Li
Telecommunication and consumer hardware are Tom's main beats at IT World Canada. He loves to talk about Canada's network infrastructure, semiconductor products, and of course, anything hot and new in the consumer technology space. You'll also occasionally see his name appended to articles on cloud, security, and SaaS-related news. If you're ever up for a lengthy discussion about the nuances of each of the above sectors or have an upcoming product that people will love, feel free to drop him a line at [email protected].

Would you recommend this article?


Thanks for taking the time to let us know what you think of this article!
We'd love to hear your opinion about this or any other story you read in our publication.

Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada

Featured Download

ITW in your inbox

Our experienced team of journalists and bloggers bring you engaging in-depth interviews, videos and content targeted to IT professionals and line-of-business executives.

More Best of The Web