I've written here before about how to manage your email. The truth is that it's an on-going battle for most of us (myself included). I have recently tried two different services that have impressed me. One service keeps my email inbox organized by only sending me the important stuff, and the other helps me keep track of my contacts.
SaneBox prioritizes important emails and summarizes the rest. It does this by adding a folder to your email called SaneLater. It then determines the importance of each email based on your past interactions. It moves unimportant messages out of your Inbox and into a the SaneLater folder. Then it sends you a digest email so you can tend to the less important email later.
Check this out.
Contactually is a web-based CRM tool that will help maximize your network ROI, get more referrals and gain more repeat business. Sounds good, right?
I love it, because you can create groups of contacts (called buckets). You can then choose how often you want to hear from those buckets. For example, business opportunities are on the top of my list. Here's a short video to show you how it works.
I'm an affiliate of both of these services, which means I earn a small commission if you purchase either service. I wouldn't share them with you if I didn't think they were awesome. They both have free demos you can set up to try and see if you like them. I think you will.