Anybody familiar with GTD will understand that the way most people handle email is disruptive and just creates a loop of email processing, keeping them from doing actual work. At the workplace, email is often abused in the form of one word responses, subject lines that are uninformative or broken, and more.
EB White needs to come back from the dead and write a style guide for email.
Although I can’t say I check my email once a day, the first thing I do with a new install of a mail client is turn off automatic notifications. The once-a-day approach is also something I need to do with my RSS feeds in Google Reader.
I think this is also why IM is falling out of favor with me. Not that I don’t like talking to the people on my buddy list – but IM is often disruptive and just makes me lose focus on a current task. It’s a two way street – when I IM somebody unexpectedly it does the same thing to them.
Over at the Web Worker Daily they have a brief overview of how you can save time when it comes to reading RSS feeds and checking email. It’s pretty basic, but sometimes that’s all you need to know.