I am the Network Admin for the domain and have to make GPOs that I don’t want to apply to myself. Should I take away the Read permission for my account?


No. The Read permission is necessary for you to read and work with the GPO. If you were to remove the Read permission from your account, you would no longer be able to access the settings of the GPO in any way. As long as you don’t have the “Apply Group Policy” permission the settings will not be enforced on your user account unless they are applied to the computer configuration which affects all users no matter who they are.