1. Delete the trash. Scan your in-box. Report any junk as spam or move it to the trash. Unsubscribe from any newsletters you never read.
2. Handle what’s left. Answer any urgent messages. Leave ones that require more thought or those you want to look at later in your in-box to serve as a to-do list.
3. File everything else. Set up folders within your e-mail system for messages that don’t require attention right now but you want to keep.