Email Bankruptcy Revisited
USA Today ran an article on Friday that mentioned my conflicted relationship with email that ultimately caused me to declare email bankruptcy. My friends, reminded of my woes, immediately reached out to support me. If only everyone had friends like I have…
So, how has life changed since email bankruptcy? Did the world collapse into burning inferno of email nonresponse? Did bankruptcy hurt my email credit score and force me into one of those high-interest email loan programs you see infomercials for on late-night TV? Have those whose emails I jettisoned started a Facebook group called “those who were shunned by Vanessa’s email bankruptcy and are plotting revenge”?
Amazingly enough, life has gone on. It was much easier to manage incoming mail without the deluge of 15,000 messages threatening to collapse the email system entirely. Anyone who needed a reply emailed me again. And this time, I was actually able to reply.
But I have a long way to go. I can see the email gathering forces, manning battle stations, and attempting to take me over once again. Everyone has a different data management style, and I think I’m learning some things about myself.
- I do a terrible job of deleting mail. I’m not sure why this is. I am an anti-pack rat with my physical belongings. I am merciless in shedding things I don’t need. And yet I’m unable to delete mail that offers me valuable business opportunties in Nigeria.
- I need to reply to mail right away. When I don’t, I get so much new mail that it completely pushes that mail that I’ve read and not replied to right off the page.
- My phone is great for staying caught up with mail, except that if I read something that I really can’t reply to on my phone, it can easily get lost on the email avalanche.
- I am still terrible at folder management.
- I have too many email accounts and I should probably consolidate them in some way.
It is better than it was, but I’ve by no means mastered the art of email nirvana. Ironically, the USA Today reporter contacted me while she was writing the story. She sent me an email. So, of course I didn’t see it until after her deadline had passed.