I can always tell how busy I am based on my email inbox. Over Christmas break, I had my inbox down to 30 emails. Yippee I thought. Now, let’s not forget that this doesn’t include my folders I have set up. Just my inbox. If you look at the folder for my sister’s emails, I have 734 unread messages from her. But wait, I read most of her emails on my phone and respond that way.
As I started my day, I opened my email. And how many messages – both read and unread – do I have in my inbox alone? Want to take a guess?
How does one get 646 emails in an inbox – with folders not included in the count?
The daily weather email. The daily devotional email. The monthly update on local property tax issues – I keep meaning to send her an email to remove me from the list. The local bowling alley updates with new leagues forming. The daily woot email. The hulu update. The Smithsonian store update – how did I get on that mailing list again? There is the swimoutlet update with what is on sale. The triathlon race updates. The freelance writing site updates. Oh the list goes on of email updates I thought were important. Now they just clutter up my inbox with barely a second glance.
Clearly, I need to set aside time to go through my email, delete and unsubscribe.
Because 638 – I deleted a few this morning – is clearly too many emails sitting in my inbox!