Instead of keeping it open in the same tabbed browser window you're currently using, try opening it in a different one instead. The simple act of relocating your unread messages to the bottom of the screen instead of the top makes it easy to stay on top of things in between other projects but helps kill the strong obsession to email back everyone (and their dog) the second something drops in your inbox.
It hasn't gone away completely, it's simply switched from the top of the screen to the bottom. You're not out of the loop, just able to focus a little more. Do you have a quick tip on a small act you've used recently to increase your production? Let us know below!
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