About a year ago, Choudhury, the co-founder of Milaap.org, a social lending startup, made a decision that changed his work habits — and won back his time. He would stop mindlessly checking email as soon as it appeared in his inbox.
He would get so bogged down answering every little email about crowdfunding campaigns that it took Choudhury, 31, forever to get the rest of his work done.
Nowadays, Choudhury does most of his emailing during three distinct time periods: early morning, late afternoons and evenings — each limited to less than 45 minutes. To limit an overload of emails being sent from his account, he uses Boomerang, a tool that schedules emails to go out at the end of day.
While Choudhury still periodically scans email subject lines for any urgent notes from clients, he estimates the regimen saves him at least 10 hours per week. Of course, staying disciplined about the thrice-daily email sessions is challenging, he admits.
“There is always the temptation to break out of the schedule or jump into something,” Choudhury said.
(Photo: Courtesy Mayukh Choudhury)