I'm forever trying to keep my inbox squared away. Julian puts together 9 steps to a more productive email system here. His second rule, is my favorite:
Set up rules to sort out incoming emails Apart from spam, there's bacn. This is a new term for e-mail you want, but not right now and describes the middle class of e-mail, such as notifications of new followers on Twitter or the Google alert for your name. I set up some rules in Mail.app that push those e-mails right out of my Inbox into a special "Bacn" folder "” so I can quickly skim through them if I've got some spare time and don't know what to do. Bacn is out of the way.
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I actually purchased a email spam software that checks for spam and then sorts everything else into two piles, urgent and not urgent. It really saves a lot of time.

Posted by Sire on Sunday, February 1st, 2009 at 8:12pm

I haven't heard the term "bacn" before, but it's pretty descriptive of one of my biggest problems in handling my email.

I use Eudora as my primary email client and have hundreds of filters in place as well as several dozen in-boxes, so I can deal with high-priority email first and eventually work my way down the pile and deal with the "bacn" when I have the time and energy.

You're right that the "bacn" email is wanted, but usually isn't a high- or medium-priority.

Thanks for the chuckle and for a name I can call those emails.

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Posted by John Dilbeck on Wednesday, February 4th, 2009 at 10:52am

I use Thunderbird and can quickly create filters to automatically send bacn to different inbox folders. Some go into a general folder, others to their own. The idea is that the only thing that goes directly to my main inbox is the meat that I need straight away. Like John I get round to the bacn if and when I have time or when I need to research a particular topic - there are thousands of emails I have not yet read and when I have time I will do some unsubscribing. As it is these unwanted messages are out of sight and not bothering me.

Posted by Sueblimely on Thursday, February 12th, 2009 at 3:18am

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