I’m often surprised by the amount of effort people put into getting things done. Reading books, blogging about it (I realize that this is what I’m doing right now, but I’ll keep it brief), using all kinds of fancy software etc.

Sometimes, you really just need to keep it simple. One example is email. Most of us get a lot of email, and it can be hard to keep up.

Here’s my solution: Whenever I get an email that I need to respond to, I either respond to it immediately or “star” it in GMail. Every time I have a few minutes to spare, I go over my folder of starred messages and respond to them.

Keeping it very simple, and this works perfectly for me.