An inbox full of messages is a potential productivity disaster, but you can stay focused at your desk by only dealing with email at a distinct location.
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Nicole Antoinette from Life Less Bullshit shares how she always deals with email:
Now, I only check my email a few times a day and when I do, it's while standing up with my laptop perched on a small counter in the kitchen. That counter is the perfect height for a make-shift standing desk, and by only checking email from that one specific spot I've managed to train myself not to click over to it when I'm doing other types of (more important) work.
Forcing yourself to relocate to deal with email makes it easier to divide your time between email time and work time. Even if you work in a traditional office, you could pull this off by taking a tablet or laptop to a break area, or outside in the fresh air. If you have to send quick messages throughout the day, consider using a send-only account at your desk, and reading all of your messages from a different location.
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