KICK YOUR AD­DIC­TION: EMAIL

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MOD­ER­ATE

Put your de­vices away. “Seventy-five per­cent of Amer­i­cans can reach their phones with­out mov­ing their feet 24 hours a day,” says Adam Al­ter, au­thor of Ir­re­sistible: The Rise of Ad­dic­tive Tech­nol­ogy and the Busi­ness of Keep­ing Us Hooked.“it’s eas­ier to re­sist the charms of your in­box if it’s not within reach.”

AG­GRES­SIVE

Check email three times a day: when you ar­rive at your desk, be­fore lunch, and at the end of the day. Try a tool like In­box Pause, which de­liv­ers emails at pre­set times.

EX­TREME

Con­sider a ser­vice such as Shortwhale, which al­lows you to limit the length of emails and set up an FAQ page, re­duc­ing the num­ber of mes­sages you re­ceive or need to re­spond to. “It en­sures that they aren’t oc­cu­py­ing your time need­lessly,” says Al­ter.

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