To add to my first email tip of not checking email first thing in the morning, have a plan when it comes to checking email.  For most of us checking email once a day isn’t productive.  As I mentioned in my previous post, check email 1.5-2 hours into your day and additionally, choose one to two other times during the day to check and reply to email, and turn off your email notifications.  Set a reminder and stay on schedule.   This will ensure that you’re responding to requests in a timely manner and being productive as well.