I do a review of my day before I look at any newly arrived e-mail. That entails reviewing my calendar. This gives me a sense of how much of budget for the day is already committed. With that information fresh in my mind, I’m able to process my Inbox, disposing of newly arrived e-mails and getting my Inbox empty.
That’s right - the very first thing I do each day is start with a clear head, an accurate idea of how much time and energy I have to “spend” and an empty Inbox. You have no idea how liberating that can be until you’ve done it.
First, step, prioritize. As of this year I have got rid of tons of closet clutter by giving it away and not replacing it. I have dumped the extras in my drawers as well this year. Still, I am afraid to get off my yoga ball for the clutter that surrounds me.
I can share one tip: I have to have a list and calendar with me wherever I go. I used to buy them but now I just print my Outlook Calendar.