Bob Walsh includes the following line at the bottom of his email signature:
(I usually check email every few hours during the day.)
What a great idea! People who correspond with Bob now know that:
- he does not allow incoming email to disturb what he’s doing (he practices GTD), but
- he’ll definitely read your message within a few hours.
I’m going to adopt this idea with a slight tweak, and add the following to my email signature:
I usually check email every couple of hours during the day, and I reply to most messages within 24 hours.
This won’t stop the odd idiot from calling up to ask if I’ve seen the email he just sent me, but I am confident that it will help to train the rest of my environment to interact with me more efficiently.