I recently changed from push to manual email collection I find it strangely liberating. Someone hot on productivity who has read all the books and tried many strategies suggested this to me recently. I must confess to being stubborn on the benefits of push email. A company i worked for a few years ago always issued blackberrys and i guess that converted me. I run a business myself, an online business so it's actually pretty vital communication tool. For those reasons i was firmly in the push email camp. I begrudgingly turned off push and ive found i'm just as productive and dare i say it, more productive. I also find myself replying to emails instead of saving them for later and forgetting about them because they interrupted a task far higher on the priority list. The general idea is to not allow distractions to interrupt your work flow. If it is urgent they will call. Then allocate time when comfortable, e.g. every 30mins or hour to check email and work through 1 by 1 as a task in itself. Essentially everyone is happy, your phone does not interrupt your workflow and you reply to people and never forget. So far so good. Time will tell if delaying a response to a critical email will cause problems. I also enjoyed family time over the weekend without being interrupted by stuff that could wait. Since then ive thought back to the countless times at parties, christmas and holidays etc where my phone has been interrupting personal time. 99% of the time it is stuff that can wait. Wondered if anyone else has switched and if they stuck with it?