Ten Outlook 2013 Shortcuts Worth Taking
Use the New Items tool.
To create a new item in whatever module you're in, just click the New Items tool at the far-left end of the Ribbon. The icon changes when you change modules, so it becomes a New Task icon in the Tasks module, a New Contact icon in the People module, and so on. You can click the arrow next to the New Items tool to pull down the New Items menu.