I am drowning in email. At the moment, there are 225 unopened emails in my account. There’s also at least 4 times that many sitting there in my multiple inboxes waiting for some action.
I have four separate main email accounts that get used regularly. There’s also a bunch that get forwarded to one of these main four.
Every day or two, I go through and mass delete hundreds of unread messages just based on the sender and subject.
I save (by not deleting) those that I think might be interesting, useful, or necessary at some point. And then every week or so, I again go though everything deleting those that made it through the first round but are now no longer interesting, useful, or necessary.
It’s highly inefficient.
And this doesn’t include all the spam comments and feedback that show up on Financial Slacker. With those, I used to go through the items marked as spam to make sure they were actually spam. More than once, I found messages that had incorrectly been tagged as spam.
But I’m not sure that’s possible now. There’s only so much time in the day that I am willing to dedicate to message cleanup.
This also doesn’t include the social media direct messages and texts that I receive.
And to top it all off, I know that not only is this taking time away from other more productive activities, but I’m also not consistently responding to messages very well.
I would love to hear back from others in the comments about how they deal with the overwhelming number of messages we all receive.