Have we been here before?
I get too much email. By the time I send several dozen to the Junk folder every morning, I’m exhausted. I know my email addresses are out there in plain view and people who have them on mailing lists are selling them to other people even though it’s against the law but who’s watching and it’s all my fault I’m sure. The worst part about it is that it’s so mesmerizing it seems obligatory.
Now that I think about it, I had a system going on for awhile where I scheduled reading my email. In Thunderbird, there’s an option to right-click on an email and turn it into a calendar item. What happened to that? I don’t know. It was a good system. It left me no escape. At the very least, if you can do a quick sort through your email grabbing anything that’s time sensitive and committing it to your calendar, that would work.
A couple months ago I looked at my mind maps and decided I could divide them into 2 main sections; MANDATORY & ENTERTAINMENT. It’s just one more stab at getting a grip.
If I’m looking at my to-do lists, I start with MANDATORY. Theoretically. My cousin, after a long sabbatical, is back into the family history with a passion so it ain’t easy.
Then I thought that’s a really good divide for the email so I created those two folders to sort the mail into. What I love about this is that it keeps my Inbox clear. The slightly dumb part of it is that, once sorted, I mostly ignore it. I do take a gander at MANDATORY once in awhile so it’s good for that. The critical mail rises to the top and I feel relatively safe not looking at the rest of it for weeks on end.
Dividing it into folders doesn’t make it look any less. Which means it still looks like it’ll take me an entire week to catch up. The only upside is that it’s possible to prioritize somewhat.
MANDATORY would be things like my bank reminding me to download my credit card statements. Because with interest rates at 20% you don’t want to mess around with the banks. And I try to keep up on moderating blog comments.
There’s a little sub-section in there called MAKE MONEY which doesn’t actually have anything to do with making money. It’s just people who are trying to convince me that if I promote their products I can become a gazillionaire overnight. If you write a blog you already know that’s a crock.
And ENTERTAINMENT includes things like genealogy because, clearly, it is entertainment if you look at your life. Unless it keeps a roof over your head, spending your days with dead people is … (I’m shielding myself from the tomatoes coming) … optional.
I’m not saying similar perspectives will help you. I’m just saying …