You've seen Stephen Covey's matrix on the Urgent/Important. Here's one step I've taken in order to get more done. If something is truly urgent, people will either call or text. Therefore I purposefully do not open my email till after I've completed at least one major task for the day...that usually comes after 11:00am.
It has been at least two years since I've received an email I'd classify as Urgent AND Important. So let's move email to Quadrant II. Of course, the lone exception is if you advanced notice that some document is coming to your inbox that morning. Otherwise, let it go till later.
I was astonished what a quick burst of productivity this added to my work...you'll will too if you give it a try.