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I Started Only Checking My Email Every Other Day. Here's What Happened. The change took some time, but it's been transformative for my business—and it's easier than it sounds.

By Kim Kaupe

This story appears in the September 2022 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

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Like most entrepreneurs, my days were once a scattered mess. Now they're productive.

For example, as I'm writing this, it's 5 p.m. and I have triumphantly crossed four things off my to-do list, taken two Zoom meetings, and grabbed lunch with a client-turned-acquaintance — not to mention that I woke up when my alarm went off this morning (no snooze) and put on clothes with buttons (miraculous in a post-Covid world!).

How did I reach this brag-level state of achievement? Have I inhaled the teachings of Tim Ferriss and created a four-hour workweek? (I wish!) Maybe I meditated so hard that I became laser-focused? (Still working on that.) No, the truth is far more boring: I was able to accomplish so much today because of what I didn't do.

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