Prepare for tomorrow today, says management trainer

It's a simple system, but a good one. Take five minutes at the end of every work day to tidy your desk, put stuff away and prepare for your tomorrow, by: opening and checking your diary to see what appointments you have and where you need to be at a particular time; what important tasks you need to do and chunk and label specific time in your diary to do them (thereby making an appointment with yourself); what telephone calls you must make. Jot down your appointments, important tasks and telephone calls on a piece of paper so you have an easy, quick visual aid to your day (especially useful if you find you are too busy to open your diary, electronic or otherwise, during a day). Keep it on your desk, so that first thing in the morning when you get to your desk, you can begin work straight away and follow your plan.