Here are some simple ways to manage e-mail and keep your focus in the face of digital distractions.
1. Turn off e-mail notifications: Save yourself from being constantly interrupted as new e-mails arrive.
2. Read the entire thread before responding: Ensure you are responding to the latest posts and not repeating points already covered.
3. Set aside time for e-mail: Designate blocks of time in your day to focus on processing your e-mail.
4. Limit your CCs and "Replies to all": Only copy people on e-mails who really need to get the e-mail.
5. Be concise: Write clear and concise subject lines and have each e-mail focus on only one topic.