Create Smart Mailboxes
Smart Mailboxes are mailboxes for which you define specific criteria, which are subsequently populated with matching email. Rules can be time-based – you can create a mailbox that houses the email you received over the past week. Or one to include older email that’s languishing in your inbox to be dealt with. Label it something useful like ‘Deal with now’.
The VIP folder’s handy for flagging emails from important people, but try combining ‘Sender is VIP’ and ‘Message is unread’ rules. That’ll give you a smart mailbox with emails you haven’t even looked at from senders you consider vital. Stash it in the Favourites Bar.