a) don’t let email pile up
b) keep your inbox clear
c) auto filter email
d) manual sort email
e) reply fast
I also use Google’s “starring” feature and sort emails via a star or other indication.
One tool I was alerted to recently is SaneBox. Sane costs $5 a month and claims to be insanely simple to use, and it works on several email services and clients. Once activated, it starts working right away, delivering priority messages to the inbox and sending others to the SaneLater folder. Once a day – more often or less frequently if the user prefers – SaneBox delivers a report that allows users to scan the contents of their SaneLater folder. Users can then move items they’d like to receive right away in the future to their inbox. SaneLater learns from the action and applies the new knowledge to future prioritization tasks. Emails that aren’t moved get archived for easy access later if needed.
Sanebox allows users to adjust their settings for a higher level of customization, including linking to their social media sites – LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter – for better accuracy (the company promises that no friends will be spammed). There are plenty of other features. SaneRemindMe helps users follow up on emails they sent that weren’t replied to. And it’s incredibly easy to get rid of emails from unwanted senders forever: Moving a message into SaneBlackHole ensures that particular sender will never pollute the user’s inbox again – no tedious unsubscribing required.