I have more problems managing my inbox flow than you can imagine. Seriously, you don’t want to know how old some of the emails in my inbox are. (Okay, 4 years. Just in Gmail. My other account goes back to 2002.)

So after much urging by kindred spirits on Twitter, and as a last ditch effort before declaring total email bankruptcy, I finally gave the new beta of Gmail Priority Inbox a shot. And wouldn’t you know it? It’s a major major help.

If you’ve noticed that little tab at the top of your Gmail that says “Priority Inbox: NEW!” then you’ll want to give it a click. It will take you to a little short video that explains it, or I can do it for¬†you right here.

Basically, it’s like a reverse spam filter,¬†gradually recognizing what you think is important by what you open and¬†who you reply to. Most important things appear in a top column (a simple¬†+ or – tab can add or remove them if the filter gets it wrong), and middle column is for all those¬†things you’ve starred but uh, tend to disappear anyway. Then everything¬†else appears below.

Related: Inbox Zero trick: How to clean out your inbox on Gmail and start the year fresh.

It does take a few days to get used to not¬†searching frantically for all the starred emails, and it’s totally worth¬†it. This is really a smart system for ensuring you won’t miss the very¬†important note from your kid’s teacher about the permission slip¬†you didn’t sign, because it accidentally got buried between the political¬†fundraising newsletter and the weekly note from your aunt warning you about¬†computer viruses from 2007.

One day, I may manage to achieve inbox zero. Trumpets will sound, angels¬†will dance, and all will be right with the world. Until then, I’m happy¬†just to have a small trick to get through the days.

Learn about Google Mail’s Priority Inbox here, or right on your own Gmail page.¬†And grab the fabulous letterpress card shown above from Etsy’s Paperwheel.

Any tips for managing your own inbox flow? We’d love to hear them!

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