Many of us check email way too obsessively. We've talked about how you should check your email at regular intervals, but if you're having trouble sticking to that, set your email program to check every hour instead of continuously.
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This concept works on both smartphone and desktop clients. Every time we hear that ding, we tend to stop what we're doing and that leads to lost productivity. If you're using email on the web, just don't open that web site until the top of the hour. If something is absolutely urgent, they will call you. Email can wait an hour and be processed all at once.
The Smarter Way to Check Your Email [Fast Company]