Professionals in the U.S. spend on average more than a quarter of their time reading and responding to e-mail, according to a study from McKinsey Global Institute. Since it takes 67 seconds to recover from each e-mail received, that means people spend nearly an hour and a half trying to clear their heads from e-mail messages, says Dmitri Leonov, a co-founder of SaneBox. "At some point we have to understand this process is hurting us," he says.

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