November 16, 2012

When your email box flows over...

So, lately I have noticed that I have totally run out of time. So much that I don't read, let alone respond, to all my emails. To me, a Mercurian*/Gemini communicator, that is inexcusable. And yet, I forgive myself. You know why?
1. Tweets, whatsapps and facebook msgs r faster.
2. I have prioritized things in my life. Email is not at the top of the list.
3. I take time for tango, parenting classes and golf. Nope, I don't just work.
4. People are my priorities, not running after the Sisyphus ordeal of my inbox(es).
5. I learned at TedxUtrecht from the Marketing Communications manager of Ziggo that email is no longer an evolved form of snail mail, but something completely different. (I interpret it to be more advertising than real two way communication).
6. I still have, as Rebecca Bortman (also @TedxUtrecht) aptly explained, a severe case of TMP (too many projects) - but in order to do them all - and well - something has to give (guess what? Email!)

So - having said all that... You can find me on @studyleaks, on this blog, my closer friends on Whatsapp and Skype (even the phone!).

What works for you? (happy to hear ideas, comments and feedback to my anti email revolution)... after all, a revolution can only work if a person has a follower....

*The Mercurian is named for Mercury who, if he had known it, was/is the patron god of theatrical translators, those intrepid souls possessed of eloquence, feats of skill, messengers not between the gods but between cultures, traders in images, nimble and dexterous linguistic thieves. (borrowed, not stolen from:


  1. So familiar! Luckily I have found a solution that works for me. First of all, I took a few hours off and motivate myself to fix my email :P

    Secondly, I have disabled all emails notifications of FB, Twitter or any other social networks. This is because I will check on my FB app and Twitter app for notifications. So, I do not have the need for a second reminder on a mail that someone has replied to me for example.

    Third: I have 2 email accounts. One is for personal purposes and second for formal/business/school/work/etc. emails.
    I do check my formal email account every night and my personal account whenever I feel like :P

    In case I receive an unwanted email, you can flag it immediately and you will stop receiving emails from that sender. However I do not know which emailserver you are using :) but I uses gmail and hotmail.

    Hope it helps!

  2. An-Nur! Thanks for answering this - I may have seen it before - but maybe not, as I have indeed shut off all notifications... I am still overloaded with emails - but have separated work email from private email, and also - like you - check the work email only when I am 'at work' and able to take action. Otherwise, it builds up in my 'have to do that' part of the brain that creates extra stress...