My Inbox is for You

Back in May, Marius Masalar shared some thoughts on people who say they’re bad at email:

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=”17″]Seeing how others treat email reinforces my own desire to be better at it. To be respectful of others’ time and inboxes. I like to think that I’m good at email, which is to say I keep track of what annoys me about how others do it and try to avoid those pitfalls in my own usage. […][/perfectpullquote]

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=”17″]You miss out on a lot by being bad at email”. I have more sympathy now for those who find themselves in that situation, but I’m also more convinced than ever that it’s worth the effort to dig yourself out.[/perfectpullquote]

I’m on the side of bad at email. My work inbox is full. I never delete anything. The spout keeps flowing and I never turn it off. I don’t take care of what’s in my in box once I’ve addressed the reason I received an email in the first place.

Part of it is that I rarely get unsolicited emails. I just need to set more rules and be more ruthless about taking care of/archiving/deleting the deluge I get on a weekly basis.

I’d probably feel better.