I had twitter, facebook, and third network I am a member of send notification alerts via email whenever someone followed me or commented on my page. Needless to say, my inboxes were soon overflowing. It became increasingly complex and time consuming to identify and act on these correspondences.
Frustrated with having so many repetitive tasks eat away at my time, I decided to eliminate the unnecessary. I deactivated all three email alerts, which had grown to several hundred a day.
The results were almost immediate. My business email account and my book email account both became less overcrowded within days. Only one or two notification alerts slips through now. I will check my settings again to make sure the accounts are completely DEACTIVATED.
Removing these tasks made a huge difference in the amount of time I spend checking email accounts - there's less to filter through. The only information arriving in my inboxes can be easily identified and quickly taken care of.