Increase Productivity: Make a date with your inbox
Even if you’ve reigned in your Facebook habits, email probably remains your hidden vice. It seems innocent enough, especially because your boss uses it to contact you, but it can be the biggest time zapper of all.
First things first: turn off email notifications. Unless you’re working under an urgent deadline, whatever it is can wait a few minutes. Chat sounds and pop-ups should also be blocked.
Next, try to check your email only at specific intervals, such as once an hour. While a desktop timer could help you learn this habit, a more proactive tool might prove especially helpful in the beginning. If you’re a Mac user, consider downloading SelfControl, a free program that blocks access to mail servers for a predetermined period of time.