I use subfolders
Not to me at all. While the majority of my e-mails come into a single main inbox from all 10 separate e-mail accounts I could not handle my list mail, advertising, order info and spam if they all came into my main inbox.
Originally Posted by srbentley
I participate in several e-mail lists. Those e-mails go directly to a separate mailbox per list so I can easily decide when to read them. It also keeps threaded conversations together. Those lists are more recreational so I don't necessarily want their mail cluttering up my inbox and requiring processing daily. It's more efficient to batch the e-mails into one place and then deal with a bunch of them at once when I choose to do it.
I also have a lot of automatic filters to put all the various advertising e-mail I get from places we buy from often into a single ads folder. I empty it out once a week or so, but it gives me a single place to go if I need or want to look for any on-line coupons. Since I don't know when I get the e-mail whether I'll use it before it expires I need a place to put it where I can find it easily and I sure don't want to leave that stuff cluttering up the inbox and it's not in the main reference system. Why spend the extra time sorting it by hand when I can let the machine do it and then only go look at them when I am purchasing something?
Similarly I have all my netflix e-mails and all shipping confirmations go to a single Order Info folder. When items come in I move those e-mails to the Order Rcvd folder. Again it saves me time finding that specific class of stuff.
I have a spam catcher that is fairly good but sadly due to the topics I often am corresponding about I get a significant amount of real mail caught as spam and spam mail flagged as real. So I regularly check the spam folder to catch those items.
I can't imagine dealing with the volumes of mail I get regularly without some pre-sorting the computer does for me.
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