So I've managed to really collect as close to everything that needs processing as I can and my "inbox" (both physical and e-mail, my only 2 input buckets) are so full that when I started processing I went for hours and didn't get even halfway done.
Today I had to do a flip through everything in the physical inbox as I knew I had put something in there and it suddenly came up as urgent this am and I hadn't gotten to it yet.
I know once I get it done with all the past stuff handled I can probably keep up but right now I'm losing things that I need. My old piles worked for at least letting me find and keep track of that stuff. I also know that once properly implemented that the GTD way seems more intuitive and better but the transition is hard to handle.
When you are first getting started, or just getting back on track, how do you handle the huge inbox problem?
I'm tempted to do a pre-sort of the inboxes and get the need to be handled in the next day or 2 stuff out of the main pile of everything including months old stuff just so I don't drop any critical balls. I'd end up with 2 inboxes, process ASAP and a project to process the rest.