Everyone has their way to deal with email. I have covered mine lately. Peter Bregman shares his approach on the HBR blog network.

  1. Send: I start my timer and begin by writing emails I had planned to send. This often includes follow-ups to meetings, thank-you notes, questions, and scheduling and other requests. I do this first so that if someone gets back to me immediately I have time to respond while I’m still in my 30-minute email period.
  2. Delete
  3. Respond
  4. File
  5. Read and follow up

I like two things about this particular: He sets a timer for thirty minutes and sticks with it as well as that he writes those emails he needs to send right at the start of this time slot.