One email rule to rule them all

If you have trouble prioritizing the tsunami of email in your inbox, Microsoft’s Scott Hanselman has a trick: divide your inbox up into three simple categories: Inbox, CC, and External.

Scott uses filters to send incoming emails into three different inboxes: one for external emails (anyone outside his company), another for any emails he’s CC’d on, and a last one for all internal company emails sent directly to Scott.

  • Inbox
  • Inbox – CC
  • Inbox – External

This is a really good way to manage the time and energy you put into processing emails, because you can prioritize external emails if you want to (as Scott does) without wasting time looking for them in your inbox – or getting distracted by internal emails instead.

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