Earlier today I sent a message to a friend and received this “Out of Office” reply:
Thank you for your email. I will be responding to emails between 11:00 & 1:00 and after 3:00 pm.
A thing of beauty! This helps take email management to a new level. Most people know that responding to emails in blocks of time is more efficient be few do it. What this reply does so well is that it sets reasonable expectations of when you will respond.
Another idea you may want to try is setting your phone so that all calls role to voice mail. This works really well for me.
So get your gatekeepers up and get more rest!