Email overload is a killer. Especially when you''re getting back from a holiday, or when you're recieving a few hundred a day and you have to spend time away from your desk. Even with my Blackberry, webmail and RSS, email gets on top of me.
Virgin Radio's James Cridland has come up with a new way of sorting out emails that have an action attached to them when you just have far too many to deal with (like when you get back from holiday).
Here's James' trick:
I'm searching for "Could you", "Let me know", "Would you", "Will you", "Get back to me", "Just wondered", "Can you", "If you could", "Invite you to", "are you", "do you", "you do" and "you could" - and it seems to have grabbed virtually all my email that required a real answer and shoved it into a separate inbox. And it works. Excellent.
So here's my addition. Spend 10mins setting up a few rules for those searches James suggested, and get your rules to those mails into a priority inbox. Your inbox is now using context to put 'action' mails at the top as they arrive. Didnt someone say context will be the next killer app?