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Poll: How often do you check your primary email?
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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Automatically Aug 15, 2016

New e-mails come up in a little window while I'm working. But I get more done when I don't leave the program open. I've been trying that lately and I think it does make me more productive. I do that in the evenings and on weekends now, but during the week I have to keep it open so I don't miss any incoming work.

[Edited at 2016-08-15 22:47 GMT]


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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Every hour Aug 15, 2016

I have two primary e-mails and I check my e-mail every hour or so, depending on my schedule…

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Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Automatically Aug 15, 2016

I look at each email as it comes in - a bit distracting, but it has become a habit. The vast majority go straight in the trash.

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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Other Aug 15, 2016

It varies. Today, in the middle of August, and a public holiday in Spain, I've checked it once, just in case any of my academic clients had decided to send something my way. At busier times of the year, I check it several times a day, usually at least once an hour, especially if I'm expecting a project from my regulars.

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Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
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Automatically + every ½-1 hour Aug 15, 2016

I find the options totally out of touch with our reality

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Seham Ebied  Identity Verified
Saudi Arabia
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Automatically Aug 15, 2016

Automatically when I use my laptop. And also automatically every 10 minutes on my phone.

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
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Automatically Aug 15, 2016

But my customers/clients don't send me 'rush' jobs that need an immediate response and need to be done in a couple of hours time. They know I like a bit of time so that I can work at my own pace and produce work of quality that they can look forward to.

I've got them well-trained.

I also agree with Yetta's comment, too. But how often you have to check your mail indicates the kind of work you do and the kind of customers/clients you work with, IMHO.


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Angus Stewart  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Automatically Aug 15, 2016

I check my emails automatically throughout working hours, because I have found that clients expect a rapid response to their enquiries.

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Anton Konashenok  Identity Verified
Czech Republic
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None of the above Aug 15, 2016

Mail clients set up to use the IMAP protocol with the IDLE option don't check the server for new mail, it's the server that notifies them of every new message as soon as it arrives. This is also known as "push mail".

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Noni Gilbert
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I choose when Aug 15, 2016

One of the very reasons I choose e-mail over the telephone as the channel for communication with my clients is so that I do not get interruptions. Nothing worse than being distracted mid-sentence.

So I look myself, and I do look pretty frequently. If it turns out that the client couldn't wait that long, then too bad. If there are likely to be very urgent messages coming in, then I will look more often or even suggest to the client they resort to the phone.

But most of those urgent jobs are not willing to pay for the urgency.


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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Other... Aug 15, 2016

…because right now I'm checking my primary email.



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Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
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Automatically Aug 15, 2016

Since my primary email account is also my starting pages in my brower, it opens the moment I open my browser. Additionally, it tells me when new emails are coming in and how many. So even when I'm not working, it's being checked automatically.

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Jongkaz
South Korea
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Always when I hear a notification ringer! Aug 15, 2016

I've linked all my account to my laptop and phone
So been I hear a notification, I check right away!


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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
Spain
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Frequently Aug 15, 2016

Thayenga wrote:
Since my primary email account is also my starting pages in my brower, it opens the moment I open my browser.

I've turned off all the beeping and flashing but I can see the number of unread emails and I check them far more frequently than a few times a day.


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