"You've got mail!" Remember when that alert sounded thrilling?

Today, not so much.

As scores of electronic messages pour into school eMail in-boxes and spill onto cell phones and handheld devices, the flood often leaves teachers and administrators feeling overwhelmed. But take heart. In just a moment, you'll learn six strategies experts say will put you back in control of your eMail and rescue your endangered productivity.

"We're like frazzled lab rats, being poked and prodded and beeped and pinged," says Maggie Jackson, author of Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age.

The average employee in the United States receives 200 eMail messages a day, according to the business and technology research


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