…and Lots Of It…
Remember when we got our first computers? It was magical…
And then that first email came in and we could talk to someone instantly! No more waiting for the postman to pick up our letters, take it to the huge brick building on 12th Street, be sorted, bagged, shipped, sorted, put into a Jeep and taken to it’s destination. Oh no… with one click our words were now instantly transported to Michigan, Canada, Texas and somehow across oceans. I won’t even try to pretend to understand how any of this works.
There is usually an under-belly to things that are perceived as all wonderful and email has an under-belly.
What was once an act of wonder… has now become email overload.
Leave the computer unattended for even a short period of time and the emails breed like rabbits. Two becomes six, six becomes thirty-six and thirty-six becomes…. dang, where did I put the calculator…
Last month I officially gave up.
My new routine now includes Email Amnesty… every first and third Mondays of the month. That’s right, after two weeks of inbox captivity, the unread emails get a final scan to make sure I catch any personal messages from family and friends and the rest are pardoned from inbox incarceration and set free. The first time was a little anxiety ridden, the second time not as much and Monday’s farewell send off was no big deal.
I’m sure some deletes may have been important or informative on some level, however, so far my life has continued quite smoothly. [This is where I’d like to inject a snarky “if something was important NSA will bring it to my attention”, but I will control myself.] There is an unexpected sense of control and freedom that comes from this one little choice.
Today is July 4th … Independence Day in the United States of America.
Some freedoms are huge, some are small. I am grateful for them all.
Even the silly ones like Email Amnesty!
And by the way, I know at least 110 people just got this message…
Feel Free to Delete.