Email to Zero. Every day.

One thing I’ve noticed since adopting the GTD lifestyle is that it’s important (and, fortunately, easier) to get my email inbox down to zero every day before I leave the office. An email that’s left un-handled one day is just going to scroll out of view the next morning, which is basically like entering a vortex of inattention. So I now take 15 or 20 minutes before going home and empty things out, deleting things that have been handled, and adding kGTD tasks for things that haven’t been.

A pleasant side-effect of all this (and maybe the real reason it’s so important) is that I leave the office feeling like things are in order, not as if there’s a monkey on my back.