Here’s a simple idea:
Imagine if your email server got a little bit slower each time you checked for new messages during the day.
Just a few seconds longer each time would quickly add up, if you’re one of those people who live in their inbox all day.
By later in the day it would take a couple of minutes to actually see any new messages, That would probably be enough to break the “Get New Mail” habit.
And knowing that you only have a few opportunities for a quick response time each day would force you to be a bit more conscious about when you want to do that.
What do you think? Would you appreciate some tough love from your email server? If that option were available, would you use it, or are you addicted to email on demand 24/7?