100s of Unread Emails

By | December 16, 2013

I am drowning in emails I don’t want to read.

I don't have the patience anymore to sit at my computer sifting through my emails to find the important ones.

I don’t have the patience anymore to sit at my computer sifting through my emails to find the important ones.

I remember the days in Armenia, sitting at my computer, compulsively refreshing my email, hoping someone had sent me something. Anything. Just looking for that link to the outside world.

Since I’ve been back in America, however, I am less than excited to check my email, and it’s been building. And building. And building.

I don’t know how to keep up and stay caught up. Getting to my email seems like a chore, and the more I put it off, the worse it gets.

The thing is, it doesn’t seem like there’s anything important in there. I usually do a skim of the emails and don’t see anything that stands out as a MUST READ, especially not a MUST READ RIGHT AWAY. Since I don’t have to read it right away, I don’t, which means it gets buried and then I forget about it.

I am signed up for a couple e-newsletters that I thought I wanted, but they are so buried in the junk mail that I have lost interest in them as well. When I finally get to cleaning up my email, I just select everything and put it all in the trash in one fell swoop. When I don’t have to think about what I’m deleting and what I’m possibly missing out on, it’s much easier.

It’s crazy! And it’s sad, because I know there are a few personal emails in there that I’m completely ignoring because it’s so draining to open my inbox and sort through it.

I know I’m not the only one with hundreds of unread emails. What do other people do? Now that I don’t have all the time in the world as I did in Armenia, I realize I don’t actually want to get lots of emails every day.

Please comment below and tell me if you know any tricks to trimming down the email overwhelm.

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6 thoughts on “100s of Unread Emails

  1. Erica

    Ev, I was JUST unsubscribing to MASSIVE amounts of things yesterday for this very reason. I’d rather my life be the reverse now- excitement when I get a new email because its absolutely something I want (like a message from awesome friends) than junk I used to waste time on….
    and yep, that included slimming down on news alerts/mailings too.

    1. Ev Post author

      Feels good to do a clean sweep, doesn’t it? I have noticed a reduction in my emails already from a non-stop unsubscribe spree I went on!

  2. Loretta

    Whenever the mood strikes, I look through and see who I almost never open messages from and unsubscribe. Even just doing this a few days a week makes a big difference on inbox volume!

    1. Ev Post author

      Good idea…. I do that about once a… um, every couple months. It would be a better idea if I did it more frequently. Thanks for the tip!

  3. Alison

    Oh this is too funny, and so appropriate! You emailed me after you featured our blog on Flashlight Friday. Even though I too get hundreds of emails I’m much too Virgo to just dump them all without looking, besides I was happy to hear from you. I replied twice and both times my reply came back as being undeliverable. This is to let you know that I’m not ignoring you lol!
    Maybe your email box was full, or maybe you were so drowning in emails that you shut that account. Whatever. I understand. Sometimes it all just gets to be too much.
    Have a wonderful holiday!
    Wishing you all the best for the new year and I hope that haircut turned out okay :)

    1. Ev Post author

      Hi, Alison. I got your email, so I’m not sure why it came back as undeliverable. (I haven’t responded yet, because I gave myself a Christmas vacation, but I’ll get to it.) Happy New Year to you and Don!


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