Leaving e-mail messages you have already read in your inbox is just as counter-productive as leaving old mail in the box at the end of your driveway. Yet people routinely leave received items in their inboxes, even after they have been read. This transforms the inbox into one enormous pending file. Worse, it is a very disorganized pending file. If you have 200 items in your inbox, it's like having 200 pieces of paper, on your desk, in NO organized fashion.
Get it outa there!
By placing items requiring your attention in a folder, you will enable yourself to properly triage your work. (See our last post on this...) By setting up Action Folders, you can take control of your inbox rather than it controlling you. See all of our March 2008 posts for the elements of the 12 Step Program.