It's easy to get overwhelmed by the daily deluge of e-mails you receive, so it's a good idea to set aside some uninterrupted time to clear out your inbox, writes Dave Johnson. "During these windows of time, focus on email and email alone -- don't multitask," he writes. "You'll clean out your inbox faster and end up with more time for other tasks." Create canned responses to deal with common types of messages, and try to deal with each e-mail only once, Johnson recommends.

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