In 2012, the McKinsey Global Institute conducted a study to uncover how much time workers spend on social technologies during the day. It found that employees spend about 28 percent of their days reading and responding to emails. While email is a useful communication and collaboration tool, it is absorbing huge chunks of time that could be spent getting work done.
Some jobs do require a very large amount or almost exclusive use of email. However, if yours doesn't fall into that category, it may be time to re-evaluate how and when you use email. In a world where everyone expects an immediate response to texts and emails, it is hard to not obsessively check your email. However, if you do change your approach, you could cut significant amounts of time off your workday and get out of the office faster.