Fred Wilson writes about two ideas to boost (!) productivity by limiting the use of email:
* Turn off the email notification alert in Outlook. I used to think it was really cool. Turn it off and watch your productivity soar while doing stuff on your PC.
* Set your mobile device – Blackberry in my case- to only buzz you from a seriously select few people, like family. With the 8800 (and Pearl I would guess), you can set very granular ring tones/alerts for virtually everybody’s inbound email/phone. Essentially be ruthless in defining what’s really immediate/important.