Most of the email reading tools I’m familiar with (such as gmail, Outlook, Thunderbird, MacMail) have an option to “pre-sort” the messages you receive. Different tools call the feature different names (for example, rules or filters) and the result is the same. You use an email address or specific words to tell the software what to do with your messages as they arrive. Yes, it takes a few minutes to set up AND it is a great time saver.
In gmail, you can actually set up the filters as you’re reading the message (one of the many reasons I now use gmail for all my email!).
When you automatically sort specific messages (whether by a person, a topic or a priority level), you save yourself as much as 30 minutes a day (depending on how many messages you receive).
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