Axeing email, almost Inbox Zero

I feel so proud of myself… tonight I decided to simply axe most of my email.

I have let my email get out of control again, with the practical effect that it was exponentially hard to reply on time to people.

Now I need to axe mailing lists… I don’t read any of them, and the message numbers piling up drive me into a state of email depression, which is what I call the feeling you get of anxiety because you feel you are loosing a lot, but it’s such an abundance of information that you feel helpless to even start.

I’m down to a couple dozen emails I might have to really reply or do something about them, and I’ll have to tighten the spam checks.

If I was able to get my weight under control (or at least, it’s still going down to an yet unknown baseline) then I must surely be able to get control of that part of my life.

Sorry if I haven’t replied you back… if it’s important, please do ping me again.

3 Replies to “Axeing email, almost Inbox Zero”

  1. I fixed my email “problem” by unsubscribing about two thousand mailing-lists and setting up a folder for the read emails. It’s the “inbox zero” method from Merlin Mann, with a tweak or two to fit it perfectly with my normal electronic mail use.

    About the weight loss, I had to wait one more year or so after taming my inbox to get IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). After being diagnosed with it, I lost 20Kg in 4 months only. Besides weight loss, that brought appetite loss. Nowadays I eat 1/4, top, the food I eat before. By keeping with this “discipline”/restrictions, I’m in 72Kg/73Kg more than a year now! Before that, I weighted 92Kg (a few more kilograms and I would replace the Michellin mascot).

    But I would strongly advise against IBS, if you’re considering it. It’s like being pregnant, without being, with a few extras (no charge). You’ll throw up, faint, get dizziness, cramps, have a smaller list of things you can eat as opposed to the enormous list of things you can’t, a “good” medication bill each month, and so on.

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