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Workfront's latest State of Enterprise Work Report confirms what we have long known in the compressed nerves of our carpal tunnel wrists: email is ruining us.

Specifically, 43 percent of workers say that email is the biggest obstacle to getting actual work done. Just about half of us view email as necessary but evil, and about a third think email won't stick around as a main mode of office communication in five years.

Maybe in five years we will have indeed solved the problem of endless email threads and reply-alls, but five years from now isn't, well, now, when email is eating you alive.

Here are seven top ideas from business leaders and email management experts to tame that beast and make it dance for you.