Email should not impede on your most productive work hours.
Email is a great business tool and has gradually become absolutely essential for most of us. However, it is a huge time sink and can have a negative effect on your productivity. If you are finding that it eats away at your work schedule and distracts you from more important tasks, the following advice may be helpful.
Just because you receive a new message, it doesn’t mean that you immediately have to read it. Doing this can completely interrupt your flow of work and stop you from getting anything finished. If your mail software announces every time you receive a new message, consider turning this feature off.
The best way of dealing with email, particularly if you regularly receive a high volume of them that need answering, is to set aside periods during the day specifically for dealing with it.