Email Progress thus far...thank you
Thank you for your helpful feedback.
Here is what has worked so far:
Yes, I have put folders for list serves I want to read (again, the perpetual "later"). This has mixed results.
Yes, I have unsubscribed to many list serves. After 64 emails over 4 months, I have definitely decided not to donate more money than I already do for a particular charity.
Yes, I have set up folders. This weekend I discovered some folders were empty, so really not needed anymore. That helps clear the path out of this electronic jungle I have found myself in these past few years.
Yes, I have told people if it is important, call. There are NO saved voicemails on my phone. Why I respond immediately to the phone but not to email is a mystery to me.
Here is what I still need help on:
Should I schedule a 30 min time each day to work ONLY on email? If I think of an email that needs to go out, I can just jot a note and when the 30 mins arrive, do it at that time? The thing that makes email so numbing and yet compelling for me is intermittent reinforcement. This is why gambling is so addicting. Sometimes you win ( a relavant email) and sometimes you lose (spam/junk/jokes/youtube videos of cats).
The flags for follow up for action get buried under the most recent stuff I can't decide on just yet.
Thank you again for your feedback. I have been taking Nick's comments about the word NO and meditating on why I can't be honest with myself about these subject lines.
Please let me know if you think of any other words of wisdom.