Drowning in Email
I read a bunch of things on my blog and the Internet yesterday that I didn’t like but the thing that bothered me the most was this comment from Simon:
and other times you never reply to their emails … 🙁
Most stuff rolls off of my back but the truth hurts. And Simon is right. I don’t always reply to emails.
And while some people have figured out how to deal with that fact, I haven’t. I still want to reply to every email I get that requests a reply. I am good at it, but not great. And far from perfect.
I went back over the past 24 hours. I recieved ~250 emails that got through various spam filters. About 2/3 of them were from people, the rest being subscriptions of one sort or another. So that’s about 150 emails that I need to respond to.
Of those 150, about 120 are still in my inbox awaiting a reply. That’s what I am up at 5am working on. And that’s what I am up at 5am working on every day.
But its not enough.
And it gets worse.
I cleaned up my inbox on the way back from LA. That was just over two weeks ago. I now have 526 unanswered emails in my inbox. That is 37 emails per day that aren’t getting answered.
I am not entirely sure what to do about this. I could just give up and hit the delete button and stop trying to reply to every email. At least that would be fair to everyone. But I don’t want to do that. So any suggestions that people have on how to deal with this would be greatly appreciated.