A tried-and-true old way of doing this was three-fold:
- opening your “in-boxes”— this included email, notes, snail mail, downloaded materials
- filing "to do" items immediately in categories that make sense to you
- scheduling time for reviewing each folder later
This author alleges we need an updated system for the digital age. Nobody uses actual filing cabinets anymore, right? And how do you take this “filing” on the road? And scheduling time to look at something—that’s often difficult for a business owner who must be flexible.
Scheduling weekly review of both the in-boxes "to do" items will free up your mind and free up time to be more creative in your business at all other times of the week. If you know you have a set time in the week for the mega-review, you can rest assured that if anything is going awry, you’ll have a chance to pick up the pieces during the review.