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How to deal with an overflowing inbox

Email can often feel suffocating and impossible to manage, especially in the workplace, where people have been trained to include a dozen other people on a group message.

In response to a recent column, readers offered some suggestions for dealing with overflowing inboxes.

A few people said they were helpless without Sanebox, which helps filter messages before they even enter your inbox. As the company's website notes, Sanebox "prioritizes important emails and summarizes the rest." It does this by determining which messages you will want to read immediately, and organizing and delaying other messages that can wait.

Another suggestion is a site called Mailstrom, which helps people analyze and make sense of their inboxes. It points out where most of your emails come from and who emails you the most. One of the great benefits of Mailstrom is that it includes a dashboard that lets you quickly delete huge swaths of messages from a single sender or company.

One reader suggested Contatta, a service that allows people to work on email in a collaborative way with shared contacts, tasks, files and tools built right into email. Contatta also has an "intelligent inbox" that organizes and prioritizes messages based on your relationship to a sender.

How to deal with an overflowing inbox 01/24/14 [Last modified: Sunday, January 26, 2014 7:57pm]

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