Who doesn’t try to manage information overload these days. With Email Prioritizer, a plug-in for Outlook 2007, Microsoft is lending a helping hand to the over informed customers, discovered Information Week 10 days ago.
Email Prioritizer affixes e-mail with between zero and three stars to represent the urgency or importance of a given message. The program uses a number of algorithms that take into consideration things like the name of the sender and whether the receiver is on the "To" line or the "Bcc" line of an e-mail to determine priority
In addition, you can also set e-mail priorities manually and add a "do not disturb" feature
(no new e-mails received ) that is valid from 10 minutes to 4 hours.
If you feel that this is not enough, take a look at the latest issue of ARIADNE and the article "Being Wired or Being Tired: 10 Ways to Cope with Information Overload" written by the well known Sarah Houghton-Jan from Librarian in Black blog.
Sarah's approach to information overload is very practical and comes from someone who deals with the problem on a daily basis. I especially like the “Schedule Yourself “ rule:
Use your calendar not only to schedule yourself for meetings and appointments. Schedule your workday to include time set aside to check your email, to take some time to reflect, check your RSS feeds, and more. Stick to the time you have allotted yourself.