I have this thing about unread mail in my inbox. For some reason it just annoys me; not as much as nails on a chalkboard (remember those?) but close. Some emails I neither want nor need to process right away so I like to use Outlook (2010) rules to move them to a folder for me to work on later. It is really easy to set up! For example, when I teach a course, I subscribe to the discussion boards so I know when posts are made. These always comes from a specific email address. I click on one of the messages and then on the Rules icon and select the option “Always move messages from ….” for that address. If I do not have a folder already set up for these messages, I can create one at this point; otherwise, I select the mailbox to send them to and hit OK. It moves all the old ones at this point as well. Voilà! My inbox will now be automatically cleared of those messages I can deal with later, my shoulders relax and I re-enter my natural zen state of peace and tranquility. 😉 You can also do this for messages from students in a certain class or from colleagues and then can easily recognize what a message is generally referring to by where it gets filed.
How do you handle the onslaught of emails without going crazy?