Procrastinating is something that I hate to admit that I am good at. In so many things, I have a take charge attitude quoting “Why put off til tomorrow what you can do today,” but as I get older, I find it easier on also many things to say” yeah I’ll do it later” or “pencil it in tomorrow.”
The start of a new year is a great time to get caught up on the things I have been really putting off. One of those thing for me is cleaning up my inboxes. I have 3 e-mails… one for business (easy and necessary to respond and clean daily), one for personal (again easy to keep clean as it’s mostly friends and family) and then my other email (the email I use when I want the recipe but the site requires an e-mail or order gifts through or to follow blogs that I want to read). This last inbox has been bugging me for a while because it seemed like I was getting a 100 emails a day. Between promotions, spam, and things that I actually want to read, I really was getting an unreasonable amount of messages, so I decided at Christmas that I had to get my other e-mail under control.
When I sat down a few days ago to actually start the purging process, I was shocked I had 7,952 unread emails. Talk about a lot of junk. I realized not only have I done very little organizing and almost no reading of these blogs and articles that I claim are important to me in 2019, but 2018 had just as many unread messages. This has led me to debate how important are these things too me and if they are how can I make time for them in the future.
Once I deleted the spam and old promotions, I was left with 1,743 emails ( think about that 6,209 junk letters…wow) and then after archiving receipts and correspondence, I still had 1,525 messages.
1,525 unread messages. Talk about a lot to get through. I have slowly started and let me tell you there is still a lot of junk in there, some of the blogs I have been following for over 2 year, I never read more than one post and while that one is good the rest is not important to me or my life. I am two thirds the way through the sorting process and down to 3 blogs that I actually want to follow and will read on a regular basis and by unsubscribing to so much other junk and irrelevant things maybe I can a commitment to a few more like-minded people sharing with the world.
An amazing thing though as that unread number gets closer to zero, I feel like a weight has been lifted. It’s the same as cleaning our the attic or closet or deeply cleaning any part of your home or life, while I knew the build up bothered me, I didn’t think that virtual mail would have the same effect as a physical mess. And living in a mess, real or virtual, is unhealthy and stressful.
I vow to never let my inboxes get out of control again. I have made a schedule that with time allotted each day to read what I want and discard the rest. Is there anything in your life bothering you right now? Even if you think it’s a small mess or problem, take the time to deal with it. Life is too short to be bogged down with little things that can be dealt with.