… companies are increasingly realizing that employees need to be disconnected from time to time and that “giving workers time to chill helps ultimate long-term productivity.”
Productivity…. and creativity, I would argue.
If you need to make sure there’s nothing urgent, then quickly look at your e-mail but don’t get bogged down in all the nonemergency stuff. And if you’re like most people, there will rarely be anything you need to respond to immediately.
A colleague once recommended that you really only have two emails in your in-box: one that you can file to “follow-up” when you have more time or one that you can respond to quickly (or urgently). Everything else can be ignored. It’s been a huge time saver.