GTD with Outlook & Avoiding email
I use MS Outlook tasks to organize my next actions & projects.
My problem is:
I have a real hard time when going into Outlook to look at my task list and NOT checking Email since it is a simple click of the button away. Then, I get swept up in cleaning out my email inbox. Then Poof! xxx minutes later I am back at trying to figure out my next action with that time gone.
Any suggestions to alleviate the great Email time sink?
One thought was to update & print out task list (perhaps daily) and use that instead.
Open OL Tasks in a new window
Outlook allows you to open Tasks (or any other folder) in its own window. Right-click on the folder you want and select "Open in New Window." That will let you open up Tasks and see your Projects and Next Actions in a separate window, without your Inbox there. You can then minimize or close your Inbox so you don't see it there, which could reduce the feeling of needing to check the Inbox and process the email.
avoiding Email in Outlook
Set up Outlook so that email is NOT the default view when you open it....I open to a default pane consisting of my calendar and task list and start there every day, which avoids the 'daily distraction' of my new messages.