Select all junk mail, newsletters, routine notifications, auto-replies, joke emails, chain mail, ads, anything else not super important. Delete em.
Select about half (or more) of the other emails that you know are not important, just from the subject line. Archive em.
Quickly read through the rest, archiving almost every one of them. Select a few to reply to or act on (5 at the most). Those will be your most important.
Reply to them in three sentences or less, act on them immediately, or put them on your calendar to do later.
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