If you’re like me, Monday mornings mean sifting through your inbox, separating actionable work items from Facebook and LinkedIn updates. Most of you probably use Flags for this but there’s a way to take this a step further with Smart Mailboxes. This is for Mac Mail but you can do the same thing with mail rules in Entourage and Outlook.

Create a Smart Mailbox. Go to the File Menu under Mailbox and choose Create New Smart Mailbox. Select the option to include only flagged emails. Very simple.

This makes it easy to flag an email and then go back and take care of those items that need to be replied to or need action at another time.