My name is Amy and I have a problem.
I am a collector of sentimental emails and I am swamped by sentimental email clutter.
This realization hit me yesterday when I looked at the number of emails in my inboxes (yes, I have multiple inboxes.) As I started to whack away at some of the email clutter and moved some things to one of many folders, I asked myself, “Self, are you REALLY EVER going to go back and look for that email?”
For a moment all I heard were crickets. The silence of guilt.
Then I snapped back, “No, probably not, but I MIGHT listen to that audio recording again.”
It seems in our digital age, we moved our clutter from the desk top to the, um, desktop, if you know what I mean. Where we used to collect newspaper articles and shove them into scrapbooks or binders, now we’re right or left clicking and moving electronic stuff into folders.
I’ve set up “rules” for certain emails to direct them into specific folders. Then I rarely go back and check that folder and stuff simply accumulates.
I’ve unsubscribed from some newsletters, only to join others in their place.
Buy something, get put on their mailing list, unless you un-check that request. (Tricky aren’t they. You’re automatically signed up unless YOU tell us otherwise.)
Mark an email as “unread” so you can go back and read it later. Only later turns out to be weeks or months, instead of hours or days, because that email has slipped down the queue.
Go on vacation and the email insanity multiplies exponentially it seems.
Where does the madness end?
Seriously. How do you manage your email clutter?