Not the state – but this is the acronym for Only Handle It Once.


Only Handle It Once requires you to tackle your work one at a time and only once. This will allow you to make the decision immediately with what is in front of you and avoid going through the work twice or many more times.


For example:


  1. “When you read an e-mail, decide whether or not to reply to it, and, if you need to reply, do so right then and there. I have found that about 80 percent of all e-mails, whether internal or external, do not require a response.” – Robert Pozen
  2. When you go through your daily mail – read through them immediately. Separate the bills, throw the junk mail and then keep what is necessary. When you go through your bills, place them in an area where you know where to access them immediately.


Simple Step to Success: Successful people take control of any work in front of them immediately and then they decide what to do with it. They handle their work especially reading emails only once.