I’m writing this blog post reaching out for an intervention. The first step to recovery is to admit you have a problem, right?
Hello my name is Sharon and I am an email hoarder. In all seriousness though I have got too many emails. Sometimes I play with the idea of logging out of my email and never use it again – just create a new email address and start fresh! I’ve had this email address since middle school though and I’ve got so many account linked to it. I just have so many emails to sort through it’s ridiculous.
Over the years I’ve fooled myself into thinking that I’ve organized my emails by making folders and sorting them out that way. I NEVER search through my folders for anything so why do I keep them? For sentimental value? Come on Sharon get real. This is like keeping junk mail or old christmas cards from the 3rd grade. Sometimes… you just have to learn to let go. As you can see I am still trying to convince myself.
So in attempts to cleaning out my email box I’ve created one more folder. (I know I know I must beat the cycle and this is probably not the best way to handle it but hear my out.) I named it “1. To be sorted through” – the number 1 is there is so that it’s at the very top of my folders list. (I wasn’t kidding about the collection of folders I had!) OK so I’ve clicked select all and moved every single email that I had into that folder. IF I do end up needing something I will just search for it. Everyday I will dedicate 15 minutes to this folder and clear out as much of it as I can. I’m seriously going to set a timer and everything. Everyday when I check my email I will unsubscribe to anything that is no longer applicable to me (or ever), answer any emails that come in that require responses, AND/OR DELETE. No more storing and putting away unless it is an important document that I seriously need to have easy access to in the future.
Wish me luck!