Category Archives : Emptying


My Blackberry Update #1

Background: As you may know, I spent months describing all the ways in which I observed a relatively new phenomena – smartphone abuse.  I then embarked on a process to choose one for myself in a way that I hoped would enhance my productivity, rather than turn me into an […]


Solving the Paper Problem

There are a number of ways that time demands can enter a user’s time management system, but those that enter on hard copy, or paper, are probably the most annoying for professionals. Some people’s offices are visual testimonies to the fact that they have a problem. Piles of magazines, letters, […]


Downloading Email — Caution!

A critical strategy in achieving the goal of a Zero-Inbox is to gain control over the flow of email into one’s Inbox.  This is accomplished by turning off the auto download feature, and scheduling times in the day to review email. That makes sense. But when should a user decide […]


Replying to Every Email

I can’t quite recall where I read this suggestion, but I have been trying it out and it seems to work. It’s very simple – for every important piece of email, send a reply, even a short one, to say one of the following messages: Thanks It’s received and will […]


Component/Fundamental #2 – Emptying v2

Emptying is the activity that logically follows Capturing. Definition Emptying involves removing items one at a time from the points of capture and placing them within one of the other components of the time management system. This action frees up the point of capture to receive new items. Whereas Capturing […]