Merlin Mann has a few nice, obvious tips for improving your life in the short term. I particularly found number four to be helpful, as I stare at my over flowing inbox next to my desk. I think I have to get that sorted through this weekend.

Get out of your inbox – Many of us are habituated to living out of our email inbox, voicemail, and the other “in baskets” of our lives. Instead, try to set aside regular, periodic times when you trawl for the new content in your life — then get back to work! Inboxes are delivery systems, not workspaces. The real work is happening in your brain and practically every other place that’s not an inbox. Stop allowing yourself to be brow-beaten by the latest, loudest, or most dramatic item that’s landed in your world.