I just sent this email to our staff, but i think it has general appeal. Learn how to keep your inbox to 30 items or less.
In your google settings i've found a few cool options...
you can add a "send and archive" button... which is cool, if customers reply, it comes back to the inbox... it's a great way to keep your inbox tidy.
you can add more star types also, which is a great way to use stars as a priority system.
It is definitely my preference that everyone only keeps TODO items in their inbox. and archive everything else. You can always search by name.
If you take the approach above, you should only have < 30 emails in your inbox. and the most important ones will be clear.
this email is an example of one which you should ready and immediately archive.
If you find your inbox is distracting, close inbox for 2 hours at a time, but make sure you check it every 2 hours for priority items.
Posted: Wednesday 26 June 2013