You know that feeling, you’re overwhelmed with people trying to contact you and you don’t know where to start. The phone is ringing off the hook and virtual and real post box are over flowing. And you don’t know where to even to start to tackle things. And what’s worse, is that tomorrow you will have an even bigger backlog of things to catch up on. If you’ve ever felt like this you will be able to emphasise with me. I tend to take drastic action when this happens, twitch off the cell phone, and deal with the more urgent tasks. Tackling your email can sometimes seem impossible, (see a screenshot of my current inbox below), and for the 2nd time in my life I need to I declare email suicide.
Email Suicide is when you say that you can’t deal with the number of emails you get, and that to have anyway of dealing with new emails you will need to delete your current inbox. And this is what I am going to have to do today. Well kind off…
The emails in my inbox, currently 574 are now in a seperate folder and I will try to tackle 25 of them ever day. Only 25, no more, no less. And I will try to keep on top of my new emails. Sorry if you are in this group, but there is no other way I can deal with these things (for my sanity alone). This is alot better than deleting all the emails, but if could take another 3 weeks to get some some of my emails !
Another alarming number, is the number of SPAM emails I am receiving. GMAIL removes these emails after 30 days, so in the last month I have received around 14k SPAM emails. I do know that their SPAM filter is not 100% accurate. Sometimes I do go through these, as I typically find that 1 or 2 in 100 are false positives. But you can see my dilemma here, to go through these would take hours and hours of time, and by the time I get to these, I’m sure there will be hundreds, if not thousands in their place. So in one click of a button, BAMM ! all my SPAM folder with the possible false positives are now delete.
Moving forward, I am going to use better use of the GMAIL’s filter functionality, to sort emails automatically when they are coming in. Also there is an extended feature where you can add special labels. Log in to your Gmail, select the Labs tab, and enable Superstars addon. Then in your Settings tab select what SuperStars you want to have.
How do you deal with all the emails you receive ? If you have any tips, I’m ALL EARS !