One of my best decisions in a long time: I’ve ditched my email client at work in exchange for a regular, planned access through our email web client. Turns out that I actually spend a lot less time in my email browser window than I did in my email client.
To be more concrete, while I spent on average 1 hour per day in my Lotus Notes email client, I now spend about 20 minutes per day in my domino browser account. The end result is that I spend on opening and answering mail about 3 times less, with the same effectiveness.
End result: a lot less distraction and a great deal of work that actually gets done.