7. Organize Yourself Digitally
Being electronically organized is as important as being physically organized. Create folders and subfolders in your inbox for each client and project, so when new emails arrive, you can quickly act on it.
"Don’t allow things to stay in your Inbox unless they require action," Kreamer says. "Either delete it, forward it or file it."
Finally, minimize distractions. "Turn off email notifications: the sound, envelope icon in the notification area, the mouse cursor change and especially the 'New Email' Desktop Alert that fades in and out," she says. "Since you've set up specific times to check and respond to email, you won't need them."
[ For more detailed advice, see 8 Tips to Organize Your Office (and Yourself) for Better Productivity ]