I used to feel overloaded first thing in the morning, simply by looking at all the numbered red dot showing over apps like: emails, slack, skype, calendar, paper stack (yes I’ve that too), and other.
The tip I’ve used to cope, is to:
- remove the notifications (less reactive)
- do a review of all the apps regularly, but no more than 3 times per day. (Yes, you can read your email when you want, not being reactive)
- do the stuff that takes less than 2-5 minutes
- store things to do in a todo system (I use GTD)
- delete/archive the file