One of the best practices one can adopt is to avoid checking email constantly. It distracts us from other things and hampers one’s ability to get things done. In fact, I just read about a study at London University that found a temporary IQ loss of 10 points in people who constantly checked for email messages during the day. Wow!
My suggestion is to pick a few set times per day to review and process email, say 10 a.m. (not the first thing in the morning), 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Then focus on getting your big projects done. You’ll be much more productive.
If you want to explore this more, let me know. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org