Drowning in email?

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email-icon.jpgThese days, it seems like almost everyone receives way too much email to deal with in the course of an ordinary day and that’s before you count all the spam. The trick to solving the problem, according to productivity gurus, requires some self-control: cut back on the number of times you check your email, rather than leaving your Inbox open at all times. Some experts even recommend checking email no more than twice a day! If that’s not a viable solution, time management consultant (and friend of mine) Karin Vibe-Rheymer Stewart has some more pragmatic advice. “Turn off the email sound alarm and pop-up window that show up every time you receive a new email. Put your blackberry on vibrate rather than ringer, or even turn it off altogether. This way, you won’t be tempted to check your email so often,” she says. It’s a simple idea, of course. But since we’re hard-wired to react to unexpected sounds and sights, eliminating those minor intrusions can make a big difference in your day.

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