Your Email is Not a Filing Cabinet. Dave Caolo at 52Tiger:
Today I visited someone with over 1,800 messages in her email inbox. They weren’t unread. The messages were being stored there. It took her 12 minutes to find the message she wanted to show me.
If the above sounds like you, then his short article is definitely worth a read.
I skim my inbox throughout the day, respond to urgent messages right away, and then periodically process what’s left at least once a day. Things that still require some kind of action on my part, but aren’t able to be accomplished quite yet go into a ‘Pending Action’ folder.