On average, we spend 47,000 hours answering emails throughout our careers. To put that number in perspective, we spend about 22,000 hours in school and university. Dealing with this steady influx of emails is not just annoying: It’s killing productivity and can even cause anxiety. Also, switching back and forth between tasks — for example, checking emails and writing an article — interrupts workflow. Research shows it can take up to 23 minutes to regain your focus, each time you switch gears. While limiting how many emails we get is probably the best solution, this isn’t always up to us.…

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