GMail is my office mail. A lot of my work has pieces where I need some information from email or replying to email. I go into gmail to search for something or send a reply to an email and then end up wasting time reading not so important email. I feel that this wastes my time and leaves me with unfocused time skipping from one task to another.
Things I've tried in the past and given up on: * Shutting down GMail and opening it up only at specific times. The problem I faced with this is that quite a bit of my work involves info from gmail and so I end up opening it again in about 5 minutes. * Get my inbox to zero: I have a fairly high volume of email, so it tends to go to non-zero fairly quickly. And when it is non-zero and I have come into gmail for something else (reply/information) I tend to read and respond to email by habit.
I've already seen this: How do I deal with distractions when working on a computer? but I'm looking for answers to a more specific situation.