This post by Seth Godin puts into words a constant struggle I deal with, the never-ending inbox.
Most of my mornings start with organizing my to-do list for the day and answering e-mail that came in over night (usually 10-20). By the time I’m done answering all of those I’ve received a few responses plus my normal dose of just-in-the-office-time-to-email-Chad emails. So I answer those and more comes in and before long the vicious cycle begins. I’ll look up at the clock, realize it’s lunch time and I’ve been answering e-mail all morning.
Some people just check e-mail once or twice a day and respond accordingly. I can’t do that because about 60 percent of what I do is deadline driven which means I need my e-mail immediately. Plus if it stacks up in the inbox, I tend to have a bigger desire to ignore it.