So, seriously, if you’re not going to do anything with a message, just get it out of your sight, and make room for the actionable messages in your life. Delete it, or — if you’re a big chicken like me — archive it. In any case, remember that if this were something you really wanted to and could respond to, you would have done it the second it arrived. (43 Folders).I'm good at having a zero inbox. The trouble is, I do have quite a few emails in my @Action folder, ready for action, but never quite getting there. And I feel guilty, because I hate people not responding to my emails to them, so I set myself up to try and answer every personal email.
So Merlin is right, if I could have done it the second it arrived I would have!
Actually, come to think of it that's not always true.
There are some email replies that need to be considered or you want to spend some time on. Also, I don't know about you, but I have a weird relationship with some of the blogs I read. Some of them are so good that I want to give them my full attention, so I never get round to always reading them!!
Examples include, Kathy Sierra, Guy Kawasaki, Merlin Mann!!, James Wall, Seth Godin.
They tend to write long and considered, whereas, the retiring Dave Winer, Scoble, write short and often, with the occasional rant.