30-Day Trial For Simpleology And A New Email System

I’ve had such great success with my 30-day trials of the Holosync Solution and waking up at 5:00am (Thanks Steve Pavlina for this great tool) that I’ve begun a 30-day trial of Mark Joyner’s Simpleology system.

If you don’t know, Simpleology is “The Simple Science of Getting What You Want!” While it includes an extremely powerful task management system, it is much more than that. You can access Simpleology 101 for free right now.

I was turned on to Simpleology over a year ago and saw some pretty impressive results when I followed the system for about 3-weeks. But then my mind jumped in and started whispering sweet – or not so sweet – nothings in my inner ear. You know, things like, “You don’t need this system. You’re great at getting things done.” And, “Why bother taking the extra 20-minutes every morning. You could use that time for something else, something more important.”

I heard that voice and recognized it for what it is…my comfort zone guardian wanting to keep me safe and secure and small! For the most part I was able to resist the alluring call of that voice.

But the biggest stumbling block for me, and the one that ultimately knocked me out of the system, was the “no checking your email until everything on your daily target list is done” rule.

As a self-proclaimed email addict, that just didn’t work for me. And for the system to be sustainable for me, I need to be a bit softer when it comes to email.

Sorry Mark: Not checking and responding to email and voicemail until every other task is completed is a bit hardcore for me. Sure I get the point and I definitely see the benefits, but, at this time, it’s just not going to work for me.

Now, with that said, I definitely acknowledge the need to rein in my email checking. It’s far too easy for me to fall into the trap of checking email hourly or even more often. And that is definitely too much!

So I’ve come up with a compromise that I think is going to work for me. Much of the inspiration for this email system came from a couple of great email tips over at 43Folders. (Check out the entire excellent In Box Zero series.

Beginning today I’m going to check my email three times a day. I’ll have a quick morning check, after my morning writing time, a quick lunchtime check, and an extended end of the day email check and cleanup.

During the morning and lunch checks I’ll respond to any emails that require a quick response. Emails requiring a more extensive response will be put into a follow-up folder and handled at the end of the day during the extended email check and cleanup.

My goal is to have all my email “processed to zero” when I leave the office at the end of the day. There’s going to be a bit of a ramp up period as I clean up my existing mess of an email system. But once that’s done, I’m confident that I can process my email to zero each and every day.

This email system is simple – therefore in alignment with Simpleology – and should be enough to quell the email addict within me.

I’m excited to jump into this 30-day trial and experience the changes. If this trial is anything like the previous two trials, I will be continuing this system well beyond the 30-days.

I’ll definitely be keeping you posted.

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      1. Dan and Jennifer on December 20th, 2006 5:27 pm

        Hey Ed,

        Right on with Simpleology – we’ve both been doing it for about 6 months now, and I’ve never in my life been so organized and effective. Jennifer saw one of your posts and said your idea personality is a lot like mine… I have lots and lots of ideas all day long which makes it a bit of a challange to focus on the stuff that has to be done TODAY. But Simpleology has reeled that in amazingly well.

        Every week we establish this week’s goals (per our long term goals), and then every day we choose the day’s “targets” or objectives to align with the week’s goals. All the cool ideas go on the Dream Catcher and get filed for tomorrow’s targets review. The really exceptional ones may get implemented anyway though. Because I just can’t help myself :-).

        And we do the process together so our efforts are aligned – being partners in everything helps. 🙂 I’m with you on the email thing. I’m trying to cut down too, and have it down to a few times a day now. Phone’s no problem, I haven’t heard my phone ring in 2 years – that’s what voicemail is for. When I’m with Jennifer nobody needs to reach me urgently because she’s my #1 priority. Years ago I lived a stressful always-urgent life, but that wasn’t conducive to my happiness or any sort of effectiveness. But that’s where meditation and lots of other cool stuff came in. Like everything else, this process is supposed to serve you, so take what works for you and dump the rest.

        Have an awesome day!
        Dan and Jennifer

      2. Edward Mills on December 21st, 2006 10:29 am

        Hi Again.
        Thanks for all of your excellent comments. This one has been quite helpful. As you’ll see, in a few days -probably after xmas – I’m still struggling a bit with Simpleology. I have not problem with the system: I absolutely recognize its power. The problem is with my lifelong pattern of jumping around from idea to idea, task to task. Like you, Dan, ideas come fast and furious and my initial reaction is to jump on it right then. I’m really looking forward to see how this 30-day trial goes. I sense (hope) that by pushing through this initial struggle I will get into a groove. And I have a feeling that when I find that groove, things are going to really take off!

        Thanks again.

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