For many business professionals, email is a necessary evil. They enjoy the benefits, but at the same time they despise how it continually kills their productivity.
Just because you have had issues in the past does not mean you have to travel down this path in the future.
Here are three bad email habits that may be killing your productivity:
Solution: set aside particular times for checking email. For example, you may do this upon arriving at work, at lunch, and before leaving for the evening.
Solution: set a rule that you will respond to every email, if required, without delay. This way you don't have the message hanging over your head.
Solution: as you refresh your inbox take the time to open every new message. This will keep your inbox clean, ensuring that unread messages never get too far ahead of you.
By becoming more efficient, as far as your email is concerned, you may be able to save yourself several hours of wasted time every week (or month), and there are several apps that can help. Not only will this give you extra time for other tasks, but it will help you feel better about how you approach and manage your inbox.