Last Updated Sep 20, 2007 3:01 PM EDT
If you want to get more done, turn off the audio notification for email. You can turn it back on if you are waiting for an important message, but leave it off while you are trying to do normal work. The whole point of email is so you can communicate quickly but asynchronously. That means it is ok to wait a few minutes before typing a reply.Of course, you could always shut down your e-mail client altogether, which is what I do when I need distraction-free writing time. How do you cope with constant e-mail interruptions? Put your suggestions in the Comments.
You can't let every email be an interruption. Go ahead and check your email every 15 minutes if you must, but spend those 15 minutes in between getting some real work doneâ€"not jumping to serve the email gods every time your inbox makes a sound.