10 Ways to Permanently Streamline Your Workday
Eliminate One "Permission"
Your actions "train" people to treat you in certain ways. Drop what you're doing every time someone calls and people will always expect immediate attention. Return emails immediately and people will expect an immediate response.
A friend created an "emergency" email account; he responds to those messages immediately. Otherwise his employees know he only checks his "standard" email a couple times a day… and they act accordingly. Figure out how you work best and “train" the people around you to let you be as productive as you possibly can.