I've been trying to implement a more day focused approach to managing the overwhelm. Its helped to ask myself two questions:
Q: What don't I want to spill over from today?
A: Today's emails, documenting the days activities, expense account entries, follow up or NA;s from sales calls, etc. These things mount up and become a blob quickly.
Q: What do I want to spill over from today? (in the form of progress)
A: Plans for opportunities in the form of NA's and Projects, appointments, moving a call forward in the sales process.
There will always be spillover, but I'm trying to get better at minimizing the latter and increasing the former.
Any of you trying to get better at living in daytight compartments?