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From PC Magazine: Delete first. Before digging into your inbox, delete the junk. Unread.
From Julie Morgenstern: Completely avoid your inbox for the first hour of the day. Settle into your day and set your priorities -- don't let email derail you.
From Marcia Ramsland: Decide what to do with an email the first time you open it. Reply? Archive? Delete?
I've gotten really good at the first one. As for avoiding email first thing, I've settled on a compromise. I skim the emails for anything that seems important or personal, deleting everything else as I go. That way, I can get survey what's there, get a head start on the important stuff (which counts as derailing, I suppose) and see what, if anything, needs to be added to my schedule for the day.
How about you? How do you see these action steps fitting into your email management strategy?