Why do we do that? It's like we've been trained to jump at the sound of the incoming mail and respond immediately - channeling Pavlov's dogs and Classical Conditioning. Based on the information from last week's blog, we know that refocusing after an interruption takes MORE time than staying focused and finishing the task at hand. It's not just emails - it's texts, tweets, dings, dongs, insties, selfies - the list goes on.
What's a person to do? Utilize the Email Budget we talked about last week - and have it in writing, even on a post it note by your computer, to help you stick to it. Can't imagine only checking your email twice a day? Try for once an hour. Aim low, and achieve! You can tweak the plan as you go along and tailor it for success.
One final note. Please don't check your email first thing in the morning. Oh yes, we get a great feeling of accomplishment by whittling down that inbox that popped up overnight, while the rest of our paperwork and phone calls continue to pile up around us. Emails will wait - I promise. They can be very patient, lurking in files and folders for years.