I am amazed by how many people leave one of the most central parts of their work lives in chaos and, in the process, compromise their own productivity and ability to do more of what matters most to them.
I am talking about failing to keep your email inbox clean. Ideally once a day, you should be completely emptying your email inbox. Why? Because you should not spend any time rereading emails when you visit your inbox. Rereading wastes time and creates mental noise and stress. Instead, each email should be triaged and dealt with once.
You can then review the folders at the appropriate frequency, as opposed to having a chaotic inbox staring you in the face all the time. Why should you keep seeing emails that you are not going to act upon until later if at all? Organizing your inbox will save you from that distraction.
I have followed a practice like this for years. It sets my productivity apart from people less inclined to manage their email better. This is one of my secret sauces for success and I hope you will consider adopting it. By doing this, you will get your most important stuff done in less time. Not a bad goal for 2018!