Suffering from email overload? Join the club.
One issue I’ve noticed helping several people is they have hundreds, in some cases thousands, of emails in their inbox. And a lot of those emails are marked unread.
I don’t know how people can operate in that environment. Your goal should be an empty inbox.
There’s a well known time management maxim for paperwork - handle it once. Read it, deal with it and either file it (if it’s important) or delete it. I file most legitimate emails, using Microsoft desktop search to find them later. Any email I can’t deal with immediately (usually only one or two in any day),I put in a folder “To Act On.”That folder I scan each day the same time I deal with spam.
Of course if you are so completely behind in your inbox you might consider “email bankruptcy.” Set up a temporary rule to respond to any email in your inbox that you can’t deal with your email and are deleting all your emails… Then start over and keep up this time.