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The New Habit Challenge: Only Check Email Twice A Day

Join our resident habit expert Rachel Gillett and other Fast Company editors on Friday, October 31 at 11 a.m. ET as we discuss what happened when we ignored our inboxes for most of the day.

If you're like the rest of us, you'd probably like to spend less time on email.

By one recent estimate we spend a whopping 650 hours a year on email, and all this email-checking is stressing us out.

In fact, one researcher at the University of California at Irving monitored the heart rates of a group of employees while they were checking email and then again after they took a five-day email break and found that their stress levels drastically dropped during the break.

Time-management guru Laura Vanderkam tried only checking her email twice a day as a remedy and loved the results. But would drastically cutting back on checking our email work for everyone?

For this week's habit challenge, several of us at Fast Company are putting this idea to the test. Join us for a live chat at 11 a.m. EST on Friday, October 31 to find out whether that time in between email allowed us to focus more deeply, or if we got twitchy wondering if we were missing out on potentially important and urgent messages.

Did you try cutting back your email addiction? Tell us about your experience in the "make a comment" box below!
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