Or do you leave your messages in the inbox?
Or do you delete them all?
What should you keep?
What should you throw away?
There are three kinds of e-mail messages:
- Priority (helps you meet one of the priorities you establish).
- In-between stuff (not important enough to be a priority, but not spam, either)
Set up one folder for each priority. As you act on each message, move it to its “priority” folder.
Spam/Unwanted. Use a spam filter and set up rules to get rid of other unwanted messages. If you find yourself deleting every message from a sender, save time by setting up a rule that will automatically get rid of every message your receive from them.
In-between stuff. Set up a “Z” folder. I call it a “Z” folder so that it appears below your priorities.
Going through your e-mail will now constantly remind you of your priorities. Every time you act on a priority, the folder reminds you: “This is a priority.” Every time you act on a non-priority, the “Z” folder reminds you: “This is not so important.”
Furthermore, the system allows you to keep each priority’s messages together.
This system is fluid – as your priorities change,you should change your e-mail folders.
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