Posted 21 April 2008 - 10:53 AM
I find that closing the email client and using a different stripped-down browser are the best for productivity.
The email idea is obvious so I won't elaborate.
The dual-browser strategy is this: I have a "fun" browser (flock) and a "work" browser (FF3b5). My fun browser has a custom startup page that has links to everything I want easy-access to, sort of like a bookmarks page. The browser keeps about 30-60 tabs open at any one point until I deal with them. I deal by either reading, bookmarking, blogging about, or posting about on forums, etc. It has all my "necessary" extensions. This also functions as my RAM black hole where bits and bytes go to die.
Firefox though has no extra extensions installed. It's home page is a search engine (currently Live.com - trying it out). It must never have any more than 2 tabs open - the home page plus one (otherwise that means I have unfinished work). It's very light on its feet.
All in all, it works. The biggest gain I saw was from closing the email client. The two-browser strategy is more about discipline and the productivity is similar.