I don’t have a good strategy here. This is definitely one of the most time consuming parts of the job. It seriously never stops! I try really hard not to put off e-mailing people back. If a short e-mail response will suffice then I do it right then. If I can just respond and get it out my e-mail box, I feel so much better. The e-mails that require a little more attention, I put a star next to them. This lets me know that I need to respond to these e-mails. I usually wait until I’m home or I’m somewhere with a little time to kill (doctor’s waiting rooms, airports, those kinds of places) and then I’ll respond.
I take a break. I’ll go for a walk, sit down to read a magazine or catch up on a TV show. I also really like to organize. If I’m stuck on something, sometimes I’ll just get up and clean something or organize. (Do I sound like Monica on Friends?) It makes me feel productive. It seems to help?