I wanted to take email which I didn’t want to deal with straight away, remove it from my inbox, then have it automatically reappear in my inbox when I was ready to work on it. Having read Merlin Mann’s email diet, I hit on the idea of flagging the email, but leaving it in the inbox. Of course, David Allen suggests that you operate from an empty inbox, so I use Outlook’s grouping, sorting and filtering to make my inbox appear empty, even while it holds flagged items.
Great idea. I’ve been on a deleting frenzy in my inbox lately, and have my work inbox down to under 100 messages and my personal mailbox down to 16. I’m getting there, and this little trick will be a great enhancement.