The Smarter Way To Check Your Email

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A man looks at his email on a Blackberry in Washington on November 23, 2010. ( NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images) | NICHOLAS KAMM via Getty Images

I wrote recently about the futility of trying to reach inbox zero. Since email expands to fill the available space, the best approach is to plan in important things first--creative work, mentoring, dreaming--and then let email fill in around the edges.

But even if you agree with that philosophy, there are practical considerations. What if most during-the-day communication in your office occurs via email? And what if responding to emails actually is a big part of your job? Are there smart ways to check email in those cases?

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