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07/18/2014 11:06 am ET Updated Jul 18, 2014

How This CEO Manages To Only Get 10 Emails A Day

Most of us can't even begin to imagine a workplace without an email inbox constantly reminding us of the messages we've left unread. But what if email was banned from your office altogether?

According to Treehouse co-founder and CEO Ryan Carson, you -- and the rest of your team -- would likely be far more productive. Carson joined HuffPost Live host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani to discuss how his office’s inter-communication strategy leaves his inbox virtually empty each day.

“It’s ironic because what allows us to get things done is the fact that people aren’t trying to get the inbox to ‘0’ all day,” said Carson. “The way we work is primarily by using chat and then a forum. The idea is that the information is pulled when you want it instead of pushed at you all the time, and we essentially have banned email internally. We just use these simple online tools, and it works shockingly well. I probably get 10 emails a day, and I love it.”

Carson pointed out that email -- as opposed to side conversations or multitasking online -- is often to blame for the workday distractions that harm productivity.

“Because we’re not interrupted very often, we can actually get a lot of work done,” he said. “Email's the worst for that, right? If you check it 10 times a day, you get distracted every time. The key is minimize distractions and interruptions, let people decide what they should do every day, and the productivity goes up massively.”

To hear more about how you can reduce your email-induced interruptions at work, watch the full HuffPost Live clip in the video above.

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