There are 999 messages in my inbox. An inordinately large number of them are flagged “urgent.” There are 1710 messages in my “to sort” mailbox. This is a local folder where I dump messages from my inbox and outbox when I start getting error messages about having too many messages in my IMAP boxes. I am afraid of scrolling through my email because I will undoubtedly find a lot of things I have forgotten to do. And I don’t have any more time to do them now as when they came in. I find I’m actually terrified of my computer, repository of all email-related requests, which makes my obsessively clicking the “check mail” button even more peculiar.
I am not one of these people who can cope with having thousands of emails in my inbox. When I see that huge number at the top of my screen when I open my mail, it immediately represents to me the number of other people whose lives I am holding up because I don’t have the energy to get back to them right away. So really that 999 messages represents a whole bunch of guilt on my part.
I still would prefer for people to send me email, though, because it still goes through a “okay, is this a fire?” filter, and if the answer is no, even if I then forget about it, at least I can search for it later. Apple Mail’s search feature is quite marvelous that way. And then I can send the long-suffering requester who has just sent a follow-up a “oh, I’m so sorry to have forgotten to get back to you. Here are my thoughts:” kind of message. Note to self: some readers may have received such messages… oops.
I’m closing my email now, in hopes I can focus on something else for a while.
That is all. Unless you care to share how you deal with the tyranny of the email. Which would be most appreciated.
Oops, not closed soon enough – I’m now at 1000 messages in the inbox.