My inbox overfloweth

posted on April 30th 2010 in KDL & PR with 1 Comments

Keeping my inbox workable, organized and clutter free used to take me at least an hour a day. But now I’ve lost control of it. My emails total more than 500 per day, that’s not including my spam which gets filtered. I’ve tried assigning by topics, by person, by client, by attachments, by importance. I’ve tried not being on email and just checking it at certain times (HA!) and nothing works.

If I get on a phone call and don’t read email and the call is an hour long, when I get off, I have at least 30 emails.

If I got to status, and it drags on as it usually does for upwards of two hours, I come back to 50 emails (lower than average because my staff is at status with me and hence they are not replying all or emailing me at all).

Overnight, I average 100 emails EVERY night.

I am not sure if it is because I only have one email and I have had that email for 12 years but I swear I am on every email list out there. Top emailers who assault me daily:

1. Lands End — Is it really necessary to email mr every other day? I have had 75 emails from them since March 1.  I like your stuff. I will buy bathing suits for my children, but please, please stop emailing me.

2. MediaBistro — I signedup for one newsletter, I get on average 4-6 emails a day. I’ve tried to unsubscribe, but they keep coming.

3. PRSA – I have an entire rule dedicated to emails from the PRSA, I received 76 emails in February and that was a short month.

4. Newsletters. I don’t know what happened here but I get every newsletter under the sun. My unread newsletters folder stands at 412 since April 5th, and this doesn’t include the ones I read daily (HARO, CE Pro, Smartbrief) or that don’t have a rule attached. These include: NY Times, Investment U, min, Chris Brogan, Energy & Utilites! I just can’t keep up.

5. Twitters. Qwitters. Tweeple Groups. Tweetworks. Lots and lots…398 unread at last count.

6. Narragansett Elementary – yes, my daughter’s school is email crazy. I can get 1-3 emails per day. Volunteer for this. PTO meeting. Soccer sign up. Book fundraiser. Blanket Bidding. Pizza pig out. How about 1 per week and summarizing?

7. AMEX – Yes, I know my bill is due.  I knew it 14 days ago, 12 days ago, 10 days ago, 5 days ago, and I still know it. I get it, you want me to pay my bill.

8. Ashley – Yes, you hold the record for most emails in my in box.

9. Don’t laugh too hard Becca you’re second.

10. LinkedInUpdates – why can’t they just send them to my LinkedIn account. Maybe I don’t want to be so linked.

Adding to this dilemna are my Facebook messages, my DMs and my @replies. The way to message grows daily.

Connectivity is destroying my productivity.

posted by Kimberly Lancaster | follow me on Twitter : newscaster

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  • Joe Hageman

    commented on April 30, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Phew – at least I didn’t make that list…


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