It’s no secret that to really be productive you need to start your day the right way.

Tumblr founder David Karp will “try hard” not to check his email until 9:30 or 10 a.m., according to an Inc. profile of him. “Reading e-mails at home never feels good or productive,” Karp said. “If something urgently needs my attention, someone will call or text me.”

I’ve actually started planning my day the night before and not answering any email till after lunch. Then I check again before I close things down for the day. I’ve found that lots of the urgent emails have dealt with themselves by the time the afternoon rolls around so I don’t waste my time on something that I obviously didn’t need to deal with in the first place.

This does mean that I need to answer my phone though. I still only answer numbers that are already in my address book. I haven’t found it to be a problem, since the only people that have issues that I need to deal with as an emergency are existing clients, which I have in my address book already.

Any other strategies to start your day right?