Simple! Don’t read the messages as they come in. Read them periodically, no more than every hour or so. Or perhaps even just once or twice a day. Research shows that it takes several minutes to recover from each work interruption, and that’s what scattered email reading leads to. Now for a big tip, turn off the email notifications! That way you stop jumping each time a new email pings in.
The next step is this: don’t take significant actions on emails when you first read them – unless they are truly urgent. Instead, put those actions on your to-do list.
As you read through your batch of emails, task each one that needs action onto your to-do list. Prioritize them as you would any other task. This way you treat your email no more or no less importantly than the other tasks in your day. I suggest writing your task list first, then checking your in-box, adding your email tasks to the list and then prioritising the entire list. That way your e-mail doesn’t rule you – you rule your email.
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