I'm of the opinion that storage is cheap so I never delete any but spam e-mail. Way too many times the informational e-mail I thought I'd never need again becomes critical to find again after 3-5 years. As a result I have e-mails going back 15+ years. And I also get typically 200+ a day. That is down from when I was getting 400-500/day.
Originally Posted by hacker
I agree with process but depending on your personal work style a folder called defer may become a black hole that never gets processed. I personally do much better just leaving e-mails in inbox until I really do process them and then I file them in my archived folder.
However, I don't use Gmail and never leave any messages on any mail server for very long. All mail is stored locally to me on my machine that I control. I've run the mail the same way since I first got e-mail, through numerous mail clients. Currently I use apple Mail under POP.
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